- Published on Saturday, 28 March 2009 13:02
- Written by Staff
China finally has its own mahjong museum
CHENGDU - Mahjong is coming home. China, the land where the game was invented, finally has a museum about mahjong. In Chengdu, capital of southwest Sichuan province, last March a museum was opened which is dedicated to two importants aspects of the Chinese culture: tea and mahjong.
There is already a Mahjong Museum in Chiba, Japan, which opened on April 10th, 1999. This museum has a vast collection and is visited each year by thousands of mahjong addicts. But, until this year, the Homeland of Mahjong did not have a real museum, even though in Ningbo the house of the alleged inventor of the game can be visited.
The newly opened Chengdu is about two important aspects of the Chinese culture: tea and mahjong. Crowdpullers are a floor, entirely built of huge mahjong tiles, and a vast mosaic of a human fase, made of mahjong tiles.
Chengdu plays an important role in the Chinese mahjong culture. More people seem to play the game in the streets and the parcs, than in any other town in China. The local variant is played without honor tiles, i.e. no Winds and Dragons, and to go out one of the three series (Bamboo, Circle and Character) must be missing. Eating (taking chi's) is not allowed.
Chengdu is also the place where in 2008 the World Mahjong Championship was held. Also in this point, the Japanese outdid the Chinese, since they had already organized the first world championship in 2002 (in Tokyo).