Playing the Chinese Tiles

On a rainy day floating down the Yangtze River, I learned to play the Chinese tiles. Once I had the cheat sheet with the meanings of the Chinese characters on the tiles, it was quite easy. The game is similar to gin rummy. There were four of us at the table and of course I won. The Chinese enjoy playing card and tile games. Walking through a small village lane, I saw children playing cards and old men playing tiles and cards. They were animated and laughing. I have been told that the Chinese enjoy gambling too. I’ve always enjoyed playing games but always keep in mind that it’s only a game. Gambling does not excite me. Rather it makes me nervous. I’m not a gambler except with the adventures of life. That is much more exciting than betting money.