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Chinese Drinking Games – 吹牛/青蛙青蛙跳等

If you have lived, studied or worked in China you may have seen Chinese people playing different drinking games in KTVs, bars and clubs. There are lots of different games and they are actually quite fun. If your a foreigner and you go out with a group of people you are not well acquainted with, or perhaps you are a little shy; it’s a kind of Chinese way of breaking the ice. I’d like to list a few and how to play them.
Game 1 – 吹牛

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InternChina – Dice Games

First of all, there is show-off 吹牛, it has many different names but this is the easiest one to remember. This is perhaps the most common game all around China as the standard rules can vary between the provinces and cities and there is no limit to the amount of players at one time. Each person has a plastic cup with 5 dice inside, each number is representative of its real value except for one which is random (anything you want it to be). The aim of the game is to guess the amount of dice that everyone has together by only looking at your own, although you can lie. However you are not allowed to have 5 dice of different values, there must at least be two of a kind. As a quick example, if there are only two people playing (10 dice), and I have a two 1’s, two 4’s and a 3 – I can say four fours as adding in the one I have four fours (as well as the unknown amount in my opponent’s cup). They may not believe that I have that many and can open (開!), but of course they have lost and they must drink. Similarly, if in the same situation I called 5 threes, and they opened as there cup did not have any three’s inside, then I have lost as I only have 3 threes (adding in the one). So, the aim of the game is to guess whether the other person is bluffing and catch them out or to guess the correct collected amount of dice. Although, Here is an OK explanation of the rules as I am sure many people are confused.

There are also some very specialised rules, for example when playing 吹牛, you can say two/three/four/five …. 1’s. Whenever, you say 1, it can no longer be a wild/random dice and it is only one. This rule continues to be in effect until someone doubles the amount of their next call. For example If player 1 calls four 1’s (three players), and the next person says five sixes only (栽)….that means that if player 1 or 3 were to open player 2’s cup, the collected amount of dice must total five sixes discounting one. However, if player 3 believed that five of the 15 die were sixes he could say 7 sixes flying (飛), as the wager has jumped from 5 to 7, they can now include one.

There are also lots of other rules, like reversing the order, playing with dead dice (nothing is the same), not looking at your dice/or only looking once, and jumping the queue but they are hard to explain at most Chinese people play with the standard rules. Another thing to remember is when the club/bar/ktv is noisy many people will use hand signs to denote their wager….

Game 2 – 青蛙青蛙跳

There are so many other games I could talk about – like 十五二十 (15/20), 美女/警察/流氓 (Beautiful woman/Policeman/Vagabond), 蘭州拳 (Lanzhou fist), 007啪 (007bang), 大西瓜/小西瓜 (big/small watermelon), lucky, clapping rock/paper/scissors, 過反 (pass/reverse),….in fact I think I know around 20 different games. However, I’d like to share one I learned recently, its really easy to play. Its called 青蛙青蛙跳 – froggy froggy jump. No matter the amount of players, each person puts one hand palm face down on the table with their fingers flat, whoever decided to call first must say 青蛙青蛙跳 and then raise one of their four fingers on their thumb whilst keeping the others pressed down on the table. If any one else raises the same finger or thumb as the person who called, they lose and must drink. Then it is their turn to call. Easy.

This is just a brief introduction to the thousands of games that are played throughout China, there a lots of different games and some people even mix the games together (for example 大戰遊戲 – big war game). If you learn just a few, you can have a really great time.

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InternChina – Group Lucky

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Year of the Horse

As the Chinese say, “A good horse never turns its head to eat the grass behind.” So look ahead, not back.
According to the Chinese Zodiac 2014 is the year of the horse. It starts from January 31 ,2014 until February 18, 2015. Also people born in the year 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 and 2002 are horses. People born in these years are smart, cheerful, popular, fun and loving.

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InternChina – Happy New Year

Strengths that come with being an horse are cleverness, kindness and talent. Although they are stubborn and sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive and earthy people. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely.

Horses just as all the animals in the zodiac have their weaknesses as well. Their interest may be superficial and lacking real substance. In all other aspects than their daily work they are usually impatient and hot headed. They are independent and rarely listen to advice. Although flamboyant by nature, they are wasteful due to their lack of finance knowledge and budgetary efficiency. They tend to interfere in many things but frequently fail to finish projects of their own.

For the ones who believe in fortune foretelling, read carefully:

In 2014, their fortune will fluctuate in all aspects, so it will require great care. Stress might become a bigger issue, in which case they are advised to talk about it with close friend or councilors, and take part in group activities. If they treat people around them friendly and behave righteously, they will get through the year smoothly.

Career wise they will not seem to keep a harmonious relationship with colleagues, and are easily offended this year. Sometimes they doubt themselves too much, leading to a slow but steady loss of confidence. They will seek confirmation again and again from people around them, in this case be confident and talk about it with family than complaining to colleagues. Keep a low profile and get along with your boss, then your achievement will come.

Their financial fortune will be unstable in 2014. It seems that there will be a much unexpected cost. Consider accepting others suggestions when managing money matters.

The love life of horse people will be so-so, mama huhu like the Chinese say. Singles will meet several people they have feeling for, but none of them will be the right one. If faced with a dilemma, they’d better refer to the idea or suggestion of their relatives and friends. Husband and wife will argue a lot this year, this can be avoided through focussing on communication and mutual understanding. For all lovers, mutual trust is the secret for an everlasting relationship

This year horses might suffer some discomforts health wise. Unexpected injuries might arise by knives and other sharp objects, so be careful! Females should pay attention to problem in urinary system and males need to care more about their stomach. Travelling will help their health. Also remember not to eat too much for each meal.

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