December 5, 2018

Sichuan and its mahjong

Sichuan is a province in China.

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Its official introduction looks like this:

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Nice, huh?

That’s the official version.

Let me give you the unofficial version.

Everybody knows–

What to eat in Sichuan: hotpot

What to see in Sichuan: giant pandas

What about activities? I don’t mean the touristy things, like visiting Jiuzhaigou or Mount E’mei.

If there is only one activity you must do in Sichuan, it’s mahjong.

There may be diverse landforms in Sichuan:

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four seasons:

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and multiple ethnic groups:

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But a common activity unites them all, regardless of season:

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day or night:

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whether it’s on the bus:

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in front of a demolished house:

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on the sidewalk:

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on the riverbank:

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or in a cave:

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They can’t be stopped by the rain:

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or the gale:

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or the flood:

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Do you know why Sichuan has so many railways and highways?

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So they can learn new types of mahjong from other areas and from each other.

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Tourism brochure tells you that Sichuan has a lot of yummy food, which is true:

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But I bet they don’t tell you this:

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What do you do if you don’t know how to play mahjong?

Don’t worry. They’ll teach you:

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What do the Sichuanese do when they don’t play mahjong?

They’ll take a walk.

After all, in Sichuan they can see these:

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and these:

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But don’t be surprised if you also see these:

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There’s a saying in Sichuan:

没什么事是打一局麻将解决不了的。

如果有,那就打两局。

There is no dispute in the world that can’t be resolved over a round of mahjong.

If there is, then play two rounds.

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