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Many of the modern games originated in China thousands of years ago Well its true Back then noble Chinese ladies and gentlemen played games and had various kinds of entertainment Hunting Polo and a type of football were just some of the more active games The ancient Chinese also had quieter games One ancient game called Liu Po was played long ago Although the rules of this game were lost to modern times it is known that it consisted of 6 game pieces which the player moved around on a board Other games such as Parcheesi Chess and Backgammon are still played today Poor people enjoyed storytelling and gambling The Chinese played card games board games and chess Frequently bets would be placed on the games In the Chinese game of mah-jong players use small tiles with pictures or symbols on them instead of cards Mah-jong is similar to the game of Rummy The wealthy hunted and raced horses They grew and arranged flowers They grew miniature trees bonsai Dogs were popular pets of the rich A poor family might have a songbird or a cricket in a cage Juggling was a common form of entertainment The ancient Chinese loved entertainment People who could afford it loved to attend theatre and magic shows They enjoyed watching acrobatics and martial arts displays Dancing and musical instruments were popular Theatre was often used to tell stories and to spread religious teachings Actors wore bright costumes Their lines were often written as poetry and they frequently sung their lines Chinese opera The theatre used very few scenery props Wealthy people spent their leisure hours practicing calligraphy composing poetry or listening to music Kite flying wrestling horse racing and cock fighting were outdoors recreations enjoyed by all Chinese Cock fighting is a contest in which people bet which rooster would attack and kills the other The ancient Chinese liked puzzles because they taught
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