The game of mah jong was
originally a variation of the Chinese chess. It was the invention of the last
emperor of the Shang dynasty 3000 years ago. By the Tang dynasty(618 - 907
BC), mah jong had evolved into a game of dice and bamboo sticks played by rules
similar to western game of dominos. It was not until the early Qing Dynasty
that the game became what-it-is known as today. The first mah jong tiles were
made with bone and bamboo.
Now several centuries later in 2009, Hong Kong people remain as obsessed as ever with the game
of mah jong. And with more and more youngsters taking to the tiles, the mah
jong industry is undergoing an evolution.
Bessie Ng reports on how the young and old spend their past-time with a game of Mahjong.
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