The Song dynasty is a period of Chinese refinement and peace rather than military prowess. Great strides were taken in the creative arts and literature. Prosperity from the growing trade by sea rather than overland fueled the building of huge cities. The eventual conquest by the Mongol hordes brought the dynasty to a tragic close.
Ancient strategy game
The game of weiqi (or 'go' from its Japanese version) has been the pasttime of Chinese people for over a thousand years. It is a strategy game where luck does not play a part. The skill often involves deceiving an opponent of true intentions. Counters are placed on a 19x19 board one by one until all 361 pieces are used. The winner is the player with the most 'living' pieces accounting for captures of the opponents. Only as late as March 2016 has a computer program been able to match a human master of the game. Read More
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