What’s the Deal with Mah-jong? (「麻雀」知多少)


What’s the Deal with Mah-jong?

By Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)
Image: www.thestar.com

Have you ever walked past your common room and heard a loud clanging, laughing and the occasional expletive? Chances are your floormates were playing a game of mah-jong and if you are anything like me, you had no idea what it was all about!

What is it?

Mah-jong is a game that originated in China about somewhere between 200 to 2,500 years ago (no one actually knows). The game is similar to the Western card game of Rummy, but is played with a 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. Players draw tiles until they have a winning “hand” tiles.

Why should you play it?

Although, mah-jong looks awfully intimidating at first it is, in reality, a very simple game. Not only will you learn some basic Chinese characters through playing the game, it is also a great way to get social with the local people of Hong Kong. So what are you waiting for?

(Important Note: Mahjong is prohibited in some residence halls 24/7 or during specific hours. Please check your hall rules first before starting a game to avoid violation to hall rules:http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/htm/e_policies_hallrules.htm)


文: Jacobus DU PLESSIS(滙豐業昕堂)
譯: 胡靖雅(滙豐業昕堂)
圖: www.thestar.com







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