Artistry of Mahjong Tiles

$3,150HKD

Even though playing mahjong is still an iconic and integral part of Hong Kong culture, hand-carved mahjong tiles are now a dying art because of the invention and rise of electronic mahjong tables with magnetic tiles. Meet one of the few remaining artisan mahjong tile carvers and carve a tile yourself!

Highlights:
– Meet one of the few-remaining hand-carved mahjong tile masters left in Hong Kong
– Watch the master demonstrate the complexity of carving mahjong tiles
– Learn and go through the process of carving your own mahjong tile

Duration: 2 hours
Time slots: Every day from 9:30-11:30am
Capacity: Private groups up to 4 people
Location: Mahjong tile shop in Jordan*
Languages: English, Cantonese, and Mandarin

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Even though playing mahjong is still an iconic and integral part of Hong Kong culture, hand-carved mahjong tiles are now a dying art because of the invention and rise of electronic mahjong tables with magnetic tiles. Meet one of the few remaining artisan mahjong tile carvers and learn all that goes into this dying art.

In this meaningful 2-hour experience, our mahjong tile master will share stories about the peak of mahjong tile shops when they used to be spread throughout each district. But since the invention of electronic mahjong tables and other forms of entertainment become more readily accessible, the hand-carved mahjong tile industry has taken a sharp downturn. In fact, there are less than a handful of shops left in Hong Kong that sell these artisan mahjong tiles.

In addition to hearing their colorful stories, you will have the privilege of seeing the master in action while he shows off his carving skills that have been honed over the past 5 decades. You will then get to experience this art yourself and carve your own mahjong tile with the master’s careful guidance.

Catch this rare opportunity to experience a time-honored tradition before it’s too late.

Duration: 2 hours
Time slots: Every day from 9:30-11:30am
Capacity: Private groups up to 4 people
Location: Mahjong tile shop in Jordan*
Languages: English, Cantonese, and Mandarin

*Shop does not have air conditioning and is standing room only