Day 13: Offcial Mahjonger

Since I am studying Mahjong, I thought it might be a nice idea to learn how to play. Amy, one of our chaperones, took me out to to find some people that were playing. Their is a never-ending supply of Mahjongers in Xizhou. First, we went to a table of men who, by Amy’s standards, were incredibly fast. I enjoyed watching them shuffle around the blocks and hearing them talk about how they were gonna beat their friend. The second table we went to was a group of middle aged woman. They played a slower game except more challenging. The last table we went to was at the community center. Amy kept explaining to me the whole time we were walking about how to play and what I need to know about. It felt like I understood what she was saying, but as soon as I started playing with the women at the community center, I had no clue at all.  I’m glad I learned though, so I can know even more about the topic I am studying. I’m one of those people who needs to do it in order to understand it. I can’t just read information of the internet. I need to be apart of action, the circle.Let’s get to the real story..they whooped me! Those ladies beat me bad. Next time I’m going to go back there and battle them until they know who’s the queen of Mahjong. 


Sounds fun! I first learnt

Sounds fun! I first learnt how to play Mahjong in Xizhou thanks to few SAS students, and my service learning partner there! Sounds like your having a great time! Enjoy! The bus is too quiet :)

Go, Alex!


Sounds amazing! Hope you are enjoying your hiking, I am so excited for you! The outdoors, the fresh air, the blue sky! We can't wait to hear about the adventures when you get back. Looking forward to talking wtih you soon!





Sabine, Nikes mother, told me, that you are staying at their house for one night, when you come back from Xizhou. I look forward to a play of Mahjong with you, because I have already arrived then. We used to play Mahjong all summer at our seaside resort in Cuxhaven (Germany), when Sabine and her sister were young.

Learning by doing is the only

Learning by doing is the only way to learn mahjong, then practice,practice, practice. I did not do the practice once we returned to the States and am back a square one. Loved walking through the streets hearing the "click click" of the mahjong tiles!

Teach me?

Will you teach me how to play? My Jewish friends have been playing for years.

Love you, Grandma

Hey guys, I'm Alex! I lived in Washington D.C, US for 11 years and have lived in Shanghai for almost 3 years now. I love to travel, eat, and learn about new things! I am here at Xizhou and loving it. The highlights are the kind people, the blue skies and starry nights, delicious food, and the outdoors. So far, thumbs up! It feels like it is going by too fast