We met a man who raises and trains fighting crickets. He showed us one of his crickets and the little jar he keeps them in. A cricket lives about 3 months, and their fighting career is only one month.
Well, if you are in Beijing and don't know what MahJong is probably you haven't ventured out of your hotel premises.
Every second street you go to youl wil find people playing it. OK, so what the hell is it...?
It is a classic board game of Chinese origin. So while I didn't find anyone playing Chinese Checkers which carries the Chinese pride in the name itself. This one is a puzzle game. It has plastic coins which some chinese characters and the goal is to remove all 144 tiles from the board. You may remove only paired free tiles. The tile is free when there are no tiles either to the left or to the right from it. Anyway, I didn't play it so don't know the critical details and expert comments to make. Here we have 2 people playing it though usually its a four guys/gals game.
Beijing folk just love sitting outside in the street playing games. You see it everywhere in China, but it seems to be particularly prevalent in the streets of Beijing. On every corner, on every street, there are people sitting out playing mahjong, chess or cards.
No matter how cold, no matter how hot, people of all ages and social classes will just pull up some old chairs, a rickety table and play.
It's all serious stuff, and usually draws a crowd of onlookers. These onlookers are all far more expert than anyone playing and feel free to offer advice on how the game is going and what move should be made next. This advice often turns into raging arguments between the spectators with raised voices, animated waving and gesturing. This draws more people to join in, and these are even more experienced players who can always offer more and better advice.
Meanwhile, in the background, the players just get on with it.
Peking opera is best watched on the street, whenever someone pulls up some old chairs and a rickety table.....
What's game you like most? Baseball? Tennis? In narrow Beijing's old Hutong, you may easily meet a girl or a boy play with itself just using a line and a tundish-like thing. It's called Kongzhu. If you tough requied translation, it maybe mean empty bamboo. The toy is seems simple. I bet, however, you won't control it. It's an kind of high skill game. when the Kongzhu circumgyrate in high speed, it will make a stridulation. Crack player often throw the Kongzhu from line to air, then catch it again by the line. Today, playing Kongzhu still is an important program in acrobatics show.
People playing a chinese game (in this case mah jong) on the street or in a park are commonly seen.
Mah jong is a chinese game, some say it was invented by Confucius himself, but there is no evidence it existed before 1880.
To learn to play the game see the website below.