Hong Kong Mahjong
There are two Mah Jong groups, both meet on a Wednesday morning at 10a.m.
Group 1 Leader: Linda Mei Stevens meets on the 3rd Wednesday in the month at 10am at Gravesend.
Group 2 Leader: Linda Howe meets on the 2nd Wednesday in the month at 10am at Meopham.
There are few games whose history is shrouded in quite as much myth as Mahjong. While some contend the game is over 2,500 years old, records can only verify it dating back to the mid nineteenth century, at the very earliest, likely in the provinces around Shanghai. In less than 40 years, the game went from being a local craze to creating a worldwide shortage of ivory and bone for tiles during the 1920s.
Mahjong roughly translates as "chattering sparrow". One of the many myths claim it was so named because Confucius liked birds and used the game as a teaching tool that he then took across China in his travels. However, a great many games in China claim to have been invented by Confucius, so coupled with the lack of even a single ancient tile, this theory seems unlikely. In fact, the oldest artefact identifiable as a Mahjong tile dates to the 1880s.
There are many variations of the game throughout the world, some quite different in their scoring. In deciding what version to settle on it was thought that the Hong Kong version was the most suitable. It is the version played by many Chinese and in terms of scoring, one of the most simple to grasp. So Hong Kong Mahjong it is.
Linda Mei is always happy to give advice and help on playing the game. Whilst Mahjong is a gambling game the Group only undertakes scoring and has now introduced a scoring league table to add a bit of ‘competitiveness’ to the gameplay.