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The Games of China
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This Geeklist is a compendium of games unique to China. Some of the games that are found here are fairly new, while others are quite ancient. This list is meant to showcase games that were created in China, or are adaptations of Western games with a Chinese spin.

I've also included the most common simplified Chinese characters (in my experience) as well as the pinyin and a direct translation in English.

If you know a game that should be added to this list, PM me or make a comment about it.

News
12/19/2010
I have decided to change the purpose of this Geeklist slightly and as of such, I have changed the title and the introduction.

NEEDING MORE INFO:

This local card game of Leshan, China needs to be added.

Learned of another card game called 诈金花 that should be added.

Quan Dui needs to be added.

More games here

Saw a game here i believe is called 五行棋 - It is being researched here.

The game of pak kop piu/báigēpiào 白鴿票 needs to be submitted.

A possible game known as Juanmen may be found here. I will look into it more.

Another possible game known as Chupu 樗蒲 (chūpú) is in the process of being researched here.

In the book "Board and Table Game Antiques," R.C. Bell mentions two games: wong t'i sing (God of Request) and sap ng hor pai.

In the book "Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling" David G. Schwartz mentions a game called the Hua-Hoey Lottery or The Game of Thirty-Six Animals.

Another lottery game has been drawn to my attention known as Wai Sing, more information can be found here.

Many games need to be added from Things Chinese By James Dyer Ball

Coan Ki (樽棋) zūnqí or The Bottle Game needs to be added.

東莞牌 seems to be a possible card game

十五湖 seems to be another card game

Pong Hau K'i is another possible game

方棋 / fāngqí / square chess is another possible game

here is the wiki page for chinese card games

A dice game known as strung flowers needs to be added

A dice game known as throwing heaven and nine needs to be added

Some chinese cardgames can be found here, here and here.

In his "Phillipine Games" Stewart Culin mentions the game of "ch'e me". He also identifies a game identical to Three Man's Morris called luk tsut k’i (六子棋), "six man chess."

A list of chess games can be found here.

The dominoe game of xié dīng - 斜釘 needs to be added.

Some games need to be added from Cantonese Apothgms by Rev. R. J. Stevens

LINKS
+The Asian Society has a very good website at Asian Games: The Art of Contest.
+For modern Chinese wargames, check out this excellent list China Wargames.
+Some great artifacts can be found on the "games" page of ChineseCol.com
+Chinese games in detail can be found on the "games" page of Cultural-China.com
+Things Chinese By James Dyer Ball can be downloaded free from Google Books at this link.
+Korean Games with Notes on the Corresponding Games of China and Japan (AKA Games of the Orient) by Stewart Culin can be downloaded free from Google Books at this link
+Chinese Games with Dice and Dominoes by Stewart Culin can be downloaded free from Google Books at this link
+The Gambling Games of the Chinese in America By Stewart Culin can be downloaded for free from Google Books at this link.
+There are some interesting articles on Chinese Boardgames at the blog [url= http://cryptoforest.blogspot.com/]Crypto Forestry[/url].
+A great cover of the history of Go and some other early games of China (Liubo and Yi) can be found in this blog entry at BabelStone.
+An exhibit at the Capital Museum in Beijing on Chinese games can be viewed here
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Chinese: 虎口拔鬚
Pinyin: hǔ kǒu bá xū
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Chinese: 鬼戏
Pinyin: guǐ xì
English: Ghost Play
 
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Chinese: 三倍其
Pinying: sānbèi qí
English: The Triple Game
 
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30. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:67]
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Chinese: 圍棋
Pinyin: wéiqí
English: Surrounding Game
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31. Board Game: Go-Moku [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:3951]
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Chinese: 五子棋
Pinyin: wǔzǐqí
English: Five Sons Game
 
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32. Board Game: God of Luck [Average Rating:5.42 Unranked]
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Chinese: 福神
Pinyin: fú shén
English: Luck God
 
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33. Board Game: Guan Pai [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
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Chinese: Unknown
Pinyin: Unknown
English: Unknown
 
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34. Board Game: Guilin Zhipai [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
 
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Chinese: 桂林纸牌
Pinyin: guìlín zhǐpái
English: Guilin Playing Cards
 
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35. Board Game: Hai Lu Kong Zhan Qi [Average Rating:5.47 Unranked]
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Chinese: 海陆空战棋
Pinyin: hǎilùkōngzhànqí
English: Sea, Land and Air Battle Game
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36. Board Game: Hoo Hey How [Average Rating:4.38 Unranked]
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Chinese: 鱼虾蟹
Pinyin: yúxiāxiè
English: Fish Shrimp and Crabs
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37. Board Game: Hor Lor Boon [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Chinese: 葫芦棋
Pinyin: húlúqí
English: Calabash Gourd Game
 
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38. Board Game: Kai Xin Guo [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Chinese: 开心果
Pinyin: kāixīnguǒ
English: Pistachio Nuts
 
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39. Board Game: Kang Le Qi [Average Rating:3.12 Unranked]
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Chinese: 康乐棋
Pinyin: kānglèqí
English: Peace and Happiness Game
 
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40. Board Game: Kanzume Goddess [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2688]
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Chinese: 罐装女神
Pinyin: Guàn Zhuāng Nǚ Shén
English: Kanzume Goddess

According to this article, the designer is Chinese, the art is Japanese, and the theme is Greek vs. Norse gods.
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41. Board Game: Legends of the Three Kingdoms [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:7926]
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Chinese: 三国杀
Pinyin: sān guó shā
English: Three Kingdoms Kill
 
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42. Board Game: Lien Poh [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Chinese: 通寶
Pinyin: tōng bǎo
English: Open Treasure
 
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43. Board Game: Liubo [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Chinese: 六博
Pinyin: liùbó
English: Six to Win
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44. Board Game: Lu Zhan Jun Qi [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:7268]
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Chinese: 军棋
Pinyin: jūnqí
English: Army Game
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45. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:436]
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Chinese: 麻将
Pinyin: májiàng
English: Tingling General
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46. Board Game: The Message [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2565]
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Chinese: 風聲
Pinyin: fēng shēng
English: The Message
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47. Board Game: Mini Xiang Qi [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Chinese: 小象棋
Pinyin: xiǎoxiàngqí
English: Small Elephant Game
 
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48. Board Game: Monopoly of Three Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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Chinese: 大富翁三國群英會
Pinyin: dàfùwēng sānguó qúnyīnghuì
English: Majestic Three Kingdoms Monopoly
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49. Board Game: Mountain of Inferno [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5977]
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Chinese: 火焰山
Pinyin: huǒyànshān
English: The Mountain of Flames
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Chinese: 七巧板
Pinyin: qī qiǎo bǎn
English: Seven Boards of Skill
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