Chinese games can be played in many settings, including parties, school, family gatherings and at celebrations such as Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. These games can be elaborate, requiring game boards, pieces and complicated rules, or simple, with very few items needed for play. Children and adults alike play games in China. In addition to providing enjoyment for the players, Chinese games often tell stories or teach lessons.
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Steal the Dragon
Steal the Dragon can be enjoyed by people of all ages. As party guests arrive, a clothespin with a dragon attached to it is placed on their clothing. During the party, players take the clothespins from anyone overheard saying the words "Chinese" or "dragon." At the end of the evening, the player who has collected the most clothespins is the winner.
Chinese Fortune Game
This is a simple game that involves predicting future professions for the game players. Symbols of vocations are gathered on a tray or table top. Examples include cooking utensils for a chef, a book for a scholar or teacher, pens for a writer, etc. The players take turns being blindfolded and choosing an object from the tray to find their future profession.
The Chopstick Race
The Chopstick Race is a relay race played with marshmallows and chopsticks. Simply divide the guests into two lines. Each player must pick up a marshmallow using a pair of chopsticks and carry it across the room to a bowl. If the marshmallow is dropped, the player must start over. The winning team is the one who fills their bowl the fastest.
Catch the Dragon's Tail
In this game, players line up in one line. The first person is the head of the dragon and the last person is the tail. Everyone puts their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them. The dragon's head tries to catch the dragon's tail without causing anyone to remove their hands. If the tail is caught, that person is out. As the game progresses, the dragon's body gets shorter and shorter. The last player left is the winner.
Chinese Whispers is a quiet game. Players sit in a large circle. One person starts the game by whispering a long silly sentence in the ear of the player to the left. That player then whispers to the next player until the message comes full circle. The last player says the sentence out loud and the first person tells everyone the original sentence
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