Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Many of the games played in China date back to ancient times, and while some of them have detailed and complicated standard rules, others remain relatively simple, or have regional variations. Since ancient times, children have played with marbles, rattles, dolls, model soldiers, and kites. Other games such as Hide-and-Seek and the Cat's Cradle would also have played for centuries. During the Han dynasty (206 b.c.e.-220 ce.), more complicated games came to be played, and many of these were developed during the Tang dynasty (618–907) and the Song dynasty (960–1279). Many children are still involved in making large kites, sometimes as big as 16 or 18 feet across. Although traditionally made from paper or cloth, many kites nowadays are made from plastic, and can be used to twist and soar in the wind, with competitions in which kites are made to resemble birds, dragons, and sometimes fish, ships, or wild ...