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Cai Xuan DLP Game   

Period Medieval

Region Eastern Asia, Southeastern Asia

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Race


Cai Xuan is a game played since at least the Song Dynasty in China. It is one of a family of games which use dice and in which people attempt to navigate through the Chinese bureaucracy.


Players use dice to navigate through a board with the different positions of the Chinese bureaucracy. Spaces are the different positions in the bureaucracy, and the dice rolls determine to which spaces a player moves.



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Lo 2007: 129.

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Lo, A. 2004. "Official Aspirations: Chinese Promotion Games." In C. Mackenzie and I. Finkel (eds.), Asian Games: The Art of Contest. New York: Asia Society, 65-75.

Lo, A. 2007. An introduction to board games in Late Imperial China. In I. Finkel (ed), Ancient Board Games in Perspective. London: The British Museum Press. pp. 125–132.



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