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Sichuan Mah Jong & Card Games

Szechuan Style Mahjong

More so than any other city or province in China, Sichuan is famous for its relaxed lifestyle and the games played during the leisure time for its residents - sometimes, its 24/7 for many "retired" residents.

Aside for being famous for its delicious and spicy food, Sichuan is known as the province for two favorite leisure time games: Mah Jong, and DouDiZhu (a card game roughly translated as "fight the landlord"). Sure, Mah Jong is a Chinese game enjoyed all over China and probably all over the world, but this is a game that's played by Szechuan residents 24/7. Probably everyone knows how to play this game in Szechwan.

Everywhere you go, you will find people playing Mahjong - on the streets, in teahouses, in Mahjong houses, and at home, and everyone gambles when playing Mah Jong, whether its for fun, or for some serious cash. You're not likely to find a Mah Jong game where money isn't involved. I'm really not a good player. I only play with my family when I'm there, and that's almost everyday. We usually played $2 yuan per card, so winnings and losses were always a small amount.

I thought this was an interesting photo to take - 3 young kids playing Mahjong on a street side in a farming community.

The thing foreigners, and even some Chinese people will find fascinating about Szechwan Mahjong is that it only uses two suits, and does not use any of the directions, winds, and flowers cards. A sichuan Mah Jong game only uses the bamboo and circle suits. From what I was told, it seems that people got tired of dealing with so many suits and different cards, so at first, they removed all the winds, directions, and flower cards. Later on, people wanted a even simpler and faster game, and they removed the Wan (ten thousand) suit altogether, so all that's left are the bamboo and circle suits. So if you ever purchase a Mah Jong set in Sichuan, don't be surprised to only find two suits of cards in the deck!

A photo taken during Chinese new year in my uncle's home. In the front, you see my family playing Sichuan style Mahjong, and far in the back ground by the window, 3 of them are playing DouDiZhu card game. It's certainly a relaxed life style.

The other extremely popular game is Dou Di Zhu, or translated roughly as "fight the landlord". Basically, it's a card game somewhat similar to Big 2, but with some major differences, where one player is the landlord, and the other 2 players are teamed up to "fight the landlord".

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