A basic guide to one of China’s most popular games: Weiqi
Weiqi, probably better known to you as ‘Go!’ is a game which occupies a place in Chinese history and culture that seems not a great deal shabbier than Chinese chess or mahjong. Perhaps most famously, it was the board game of choice of the legendary Guan Yu while a physician was slicing his arrow wound open and scraping poison off the bone. Without anesthetic. All very impressive, but one wonders what his form would have been like.
In any case, the game itself is fairly simple. In terms of equipment, all you need is a gridded board (normally 9×9, 13×13 or 19×19), and weiqi pieces, which normally take the form of small thickened, rounded disks. As in chess, one side normally has black pieces, the other white. The rules, too, are pretty simple. But rather like chess, understanding the basics is merely a first step. Here they are, in any case, so you can start laying down the pieces if you fancy a try. Who knows, you might become fairly good at it. In a couple of decades. Maybe.
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A basic guide to one of China’s most popular games: Weiqi

Weiqi, probably better known to you as ‘Go!’ is a game which occupies a place in Chinese history and culture that seems not a great deal shabbier than Chinese chess or mahjong. Perhaps most famously, it was the board game of choice of the legendary Guan Yu while a physician was slicing his arrow wound open and scraping poison off the bone. Without anesthetic. All very impressive, but one wonders what his form would have been like.

In any case, the game itself is fairly simple. In terms of equipment, all you need is a gridded board (normally 9×9, 13×13 or 19×19), and weiqi pieces, which normally take the form of small thickened, rounded disks. As in chess, one side normally has black pieces, the other white. The rules, too, are pretty simple. But rather like chess, understanding the basics is merely a first step. Here they are, in any case, so you can start laying down the pieces if you fancy a try. Who knows, you might become fairly good at it. In a couple of decades. Maybe.

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Beijing ranked China’s most charitable cityIt was only a few days ago that we Beijingers, be it born or adopted, found out with stoic resignation that the capital city of the Middle Kingdom had received the dubious honour of being named the world’s 6th least friendly city. Stoic resignation, I said – we can’t well have been much surprised at that.
We knew it every time we gazed at the smoggy haze outside the window, wondering what’s in the city’s air.
We knew it when we noticed what a pain in the neck it is to get a cab in Beijing at certain times of day such that we even started dispensing wisdom on how to pass your taxi audition, hinting at the unfriendliness and danger both official and unofficial Chinese taxidrivers can subject you to.
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Beijing ranked China’s most charitable city

It was only a few days ago that we Beijingers, be it born or adopted, found out with stoic resignation that the capital city of the Middle Kingdom had received the dubious honour of being named the world’s 6th least friendly city. Stoic resignation, I said – we can’t well have been much surprised at that.

We knew it every time we gazed at the smoggy haze outside the window, wondering what’s in the city’s air.

We knew it when we noticed what a pain in the neck it is to get a cab in Beijing at certain times of day such that we even started dispensing wisdom on how to pass your taxi audition, hinting at the unfriendliness and danger both official and unofficial Chinese taxidrivers can subject you to.

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Jackie Chan’s Son ArrestedJaycee Chan, a singer and an actor, mostly know for his martial arts movie star master dad Jackie Chan, has been detained on suspicion of accommodating suspected drug users in Beijing, local police confirmed on Monday, reports Xinhua. 
He was detained along with his friend, Taiwanese movie star Ko Chen Tung, known as Kai Ko. According to the Beijing Police authorities, more than 100 grams of marijuana were seized from the premises at Jaycee Chan, a singer and an actor, mostly know for his martial arts movie star master dad Jackie Chan, has been detained on suspicion of accommodating suspected drug users in Beijing, local police confirmed on Monday, reports Xinhua. 
He was detained along with his friend, Taiwanese movie star Ko Chen Tung, known as Kai Ko. According to the Beijing Police authorities, more than 100 grams of marijuana were seized from the premises at Chan’s home, Dongcheng District Beijing.  Both men were taken into police custody. Chan was detained for possession of the drug while Ko was detained for using it. Ko, 23, and Chan, 31, both confessed to using marijuana.Chan’s home, Dongcheng District Beijing.  Both men were taken into police custody. Chan was detained for possession of the drug while Ko was detained for using it. Ko, 23, and Chan, 31, both confessed to using marijuana.
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Jackie Chan’s Son Arrested

Jaycee Chan, a singer and an actor, mostly know for his martial arts movie star master dad Jackie Chan, has been detained on suspicion of accommodating suspected drug users in Beijing, local police confirmed on Monday, reports Xinhua

He was detained along with his friend, Taiwanese movie star Ko Chen Tung, known as Kai Ko. According to the Beijing Police authorities, more than 100 grams of marijuana were seized from the premises at Jaycee Chan, a singer and an actor, mostly know for his martial arts movie star master dad Jackie Chan, has been detained on suspicion of accommodating suspected drug users in Beijing, local police confirmed on Monday, reports Xinhua

He was detained along with his friend, Taiwanese movie star Ko Chen Tung, known as Kai Ko. According to the Beijing Police authorities, more than 100 grams of marijuana were seized from the premises at Chan’s home, Dongcheng District Beijing.  Both men were taken into police custody. Chan was detained for possession of the drug while Ko was detained for using it. Ko, 23, and Chan, 31, both confessed to using marijuana.Chan’s home, Dongcheng District Beijing.  Both men were taken into police custody. Chan was detained for possession of the drug while Ko was detained for using it. Ko, 23, and Chan, 31, both confessed to using marijuana.

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The Viral Week That Was Part 29!Middle-aged women of different colors in New Jersey are bonding over square dancing, the new token of China’s soft power. The sex industry shows what effective marketing really is. Fruits, including bananas that are not purely yellow, are being destroyed for the Youth Olympic Games. A couple got married with a dozen of water trucks raining down water. A dog got its 15-minutes of fame for being the “reincarnation of Buddha”.
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The Viral Week That Was Part 29!

Middle-aged women of different colors in New Jersey are bonding over square dancing, the new token of China’s soft power. The sex industry shows what effective marketing really is. Fruits, including bananas that are not purely yellow, are being destroyed for the Youth Olympic Games. A couple got married with a dozen of water trucks raining down water. A dog got its 15-minutes of fame for being the “reincarnation of Buddha”.

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