Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind

San Francisco: Chinese Culture Center, 2008. Item #131
ISBN: 9781588861016

Exhibition of traditional Chinese puzzles from the Yi Zhi Tang Collection held at the Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco July 22 - October 11, 2008. Foreword by Terese Tse Bartholomew.

In China, puzzles are called yizhi youxi (intelligence games), and for many generations they have challenged the minds of young and old and tested the ingenuity of rich and poor alike. Along with its history of art, culture and science, China also has a rich tradition of puzzles and a fascination with puzzling objects. Besides, many traditional Chinese puzzles are artistic creations that reflect classical art form and display extraordinary craftmanship.

Here, the collection of Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen is displayed with splendid photography, forever assuring that the pieces can be appreciated by people of all ages.


  • Tangram
  • Fifteen-Piece Puzzle
  • Nine Linked Rings
  • Sliding Block Puzzle
  • Burr Puzzles
  • Puzzle Rings and Bracelets
  • Puzzle Locks
  • Puzzles for Export
  • The Four-Happiness Boys
  • Puzzle Vessels.

    Price: $14.95