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Chess players in hutong alley and more art by wei cheng

Chess players in hutong alley
91 x 120 cm (h x w)
oil on canvas

In the old city of Beijing, the alleyways are a kaleidoscope of old hutong life where elderly residents still engage in the communal activities. These unique grey-brick alleys full of courtyard houses were originally laid out by Genghis Khan in the 13th century and for some residents it’s as if little has changed. The lane behind our house in Dongsi was better tree-lined and wider than most but it was forever congested with bikes, parked cars and old men playing Chinese chess. Nothing entertained passing locals more than watching opponents duke it out in a game of chess as they puffed on Zhonghua cigarettes. But the oldest observers are the watchful stone lions on ancient horse-hitching posts , that have been calling “check mate” for centuries.

胡同棋局

北京舊城區內,從小巷中可窺視到胡同生活的天地,那裡是老居民們團聚地方。獨特的青磚胡同和四合院是源自十三世紀成吉思汗時期的產物。但這對一些居民來講,似乎幾百年沒有任何轉變。我們居住的東四院子後面的小巷, 兩側有排樹木,巷面比較寬敞,卻常常因停泊的私家車和單車而阻塞。畫面是胡同的一處小場地,當地的鄰舍居民正樂於象棋的酌勝之趣, 口中噴著心愛的中華牌香煙。圍觀者觀賞著對手一決高低。其實,最老的圍觀者是石馬樁上的石獅, 好像正在大叫“將軍”,為對手助威。

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