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Land of fish and rice
The low lying province of Jiangsu is criss-crossed by canals and water channels. Here the mighty Yangzi river meets the sea. The rich soil has made it an important bread basket for China over the centuries. Recent industrialization has however pushed agriculture away from some of the best land. It remains a densely populated and prosperous area - the 6th richest by GDP. Read More
Like most other things the Chinese invented their own version of the chess board game. There are strong reasons to suppose that the Chinese game象棋 Xiangqi or 'elephant game' is closer to the original form. The absence of a 'queen' piece and the strange rules for 'cannons' make this just as challenging a game as the version played in the West.
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