Beijing, “Bull Fight”


Sound file of men playing the game and bystanders talking:

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Between the Silk Market and the Bulgarian Embassy, a group of men is closely arranged around a 4 man gambling. Gambling is as common as it is illegal, so a few man keep watch while others follow the game. It is impossible to make photos of such an event, they would not allow for it. I watched the card game and made a sound recording. Each round at least 10,000 RMB changed owner.

The dialects spoken in the recording are at first a Sichuan dialect and after that all Anhui dialect. From what could be understood, the translation is:

“Tonight…”    “…watch the ball game.”    “That is hard to say.”    “Okay.”     “Have you picked? ” “I couldn’t get one.”     “Okay.”     “Bull fight!”  (Bull fight is the name of the game they are playing; it probably it originates from Anhui) “Ok ok ok.”     “How to play?”     “I’ll call him tonight.”     “Come on, speed up. Why are you so slow?”     “Fight him!”     “Great!”     “He arrived Sanbin, he arrived Sanbin.”




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