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Divers play underwater mahjong in China

Posted on Sunday, 25 August, 2013 | Comment icon 7 comments

Mahjong is a popular passtime in China. Image Credit: CC 3.0 Fangoufang
Divers from China’s Hunan province have found a novel way to escape the scorching summer heat.
As temperatures soared to 41 degrees in China this month, a new variation of the popular tile-based game mahjong has been hitting the headlines. Players with experience in scuba diving set up a table, chairs and a whole mahjong set at the bottom of a public swimming pool and played an entire game completely underwater.

Unable to speak to one another, the participants resorted to holding up pieces of cardboard with markings drawn on them in order to communicate while playing. The tiles and furniture were also weighted to prevent them from floating upwards during the game.

"Playing mahjong underwater is for fun, and the real reason is to feel cool," one of the divers told a local newspaper. While footage of the intrepid group has proven popular in the region, some have questioned whether the whole thing is actually nothing more than a publicity stunt.

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Tags: China, Mahjong

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Aggie on 25 August, 2013, 12:24
LOL! I love Mahjong and I always play underwater..why???? lol
Comment icon #2 Posted by Saru on 25 August, 2013, 14:38
It's certainly one way to keep cool in a heatwave - bit on the impractical side though.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Eldorado on 25 August, 2013, 14:49
LOL! I love Mahjong and I always play underwater..why???? lol To cut out all those toilet breaks?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Aggie on 25 August, 2013, 15:00
To cut out all those toilet breaks? LOL ED! ...that's why I like the sea and not swimming pools.....ewwww...
Comment icon #5 Posted by ancient astronaut on 26 August, 2013, 0:27
Underwater archery anyone???? Or the even more challenging (and time consuming) Underwater 100 meter relay.
Comment icon #6 Posted by brlesq1 on 28 August, 2013, 6:07
Never underestimate human ingenuity in the face of adversity.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 29 August, 2013, 3:45
I still have my mom's mahjong set.... Not sure how she would have felt about this.

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