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The Chinese took their cards with them wherever they travelled and traded in the East, and we find Chinese cards in use not only in the mainland but also in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, North Borneo and Vietnam.

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3: 20th/21st Century Variants including some from China

I expect most collectors ignore cards made in China for export. It's true that many of them are close copies of American models, but there are also some interesting, even peculiar, redrawings of the standard English pattern.

3: 20th/21st Century Variants including some from China

54: China 1

Although many people would not consider Chinese cards worth collecting, the huge variety of court designs used by the companies based in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan over the years should be of interest to those who like to enjoy variation in court cards, jokers and aces of spades.

54: China 1

55: China 2

Some further American designs used in China.

55: China 2

57: China 3

A third and final look at some Chinese cards.

57: China 3

Angry Birds UNO

Angry Birds UNO manufactured in China, 2003.

Angry Birds UNO 2003

Characters of “The Water Margin”

Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克.

Characters of “The Water Margin” 1970

Chi Chi Pai

Chinese “Chi Chi Pai” Playing Cards by Mesmaekers Frères for Far East market, c.1890.

Chi Chi Pai

Chinese Costumes

Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.

Chinese Costumes 1984

Chinese Jokers

Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.

Chinese Jokers

Chinese Playing Cards

The Chinese took their cards with them wherever they travelled and traded in the East, and we find Chinese cards in use not only in the mainland but also in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, North Borneo and Vietnam.

Chinese Playing Cards

Diaoyu Poker 8068

8068 by Diaoyu Poker (China) 2019.

Diaoyu Poker 8068 2019

Double Elephant & Double Dragon

Double Elephant brand Four Colour cards

Double Elephant & Double Dragon

Fortune Telling Cards

Fortune Telling Cards - wondrous scientific divination poker cards.

Fortune Telling Cards

Four Colour Cards / 四色牌 / Si Sek Pai

Four Colour Cards made in Belgium for Far Eastern markets

Four Colour Cards / 四色牌 / Si Sek Pai

Hakka

“Double Happiness” brand Hakka [客家] playing cards used by Hakka ethnic communities who have a separate identity from Cantonese,

Hakka

Hogwarts

Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.

Hogwarts 2016

Hokkien Four Colour Cards

The characters on the cards are written one way for red and yellow, and another for green and white. They are: 將 士 象 車 馬 包 兵 for white and green; 帥 仕 相 俥 傌 炮 卒 for red and yellow.

Hokkien Four Colour Cards

Hong Kong

Playing Cards from Hong Kong. A large proportion of the world's souvenir and pin-up playing cards originate from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

Khanhoo

Khanhoo by Charles Goodall & Son, 1895.

Khanhoo 1895

Li River Souvenir

Li River Souvenir Playing Cards from China.

Li River Souvenir

Lucky Buddha Beer

Deck made in China in c.2010 advertising the Chinese brew “Lucky Beer, the enlightened beer”

Lucky Buddha Beer 2010

Mad Jack Miracle Pack

Mad Jack Miracle Pack by Chu’s Magic (Tobar) 1999.

Mad Jack Miracle Pack 1999

Magic Poker Cards

“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...

Magic Poker Cards

Mahjongg

Mahjongg

Mahjongg

Mao Zedong & International Friends

Playing cards celebrating the story of the Chinese leader and statesman Chairman Mao / Mao Zedong & International Friends.

Mao Zedong & International Friends 1974

Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker

Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker brand produced by Wenyu Paper Products, Shanghai.

Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker

Mini-Poker

Mini-Poker miniature playing cards made in China.

Mini-Poker

Mr. Men™

Mr. Men™ & Little Miss™ playing cards by Roger Hargreaves

Mr. Men™ 2011

Plants vs. Zombies UNO Card Set

Plants vs. Zombies UNO card set Chinese edition, licensed by Mattel East Asia Limited, 2011.

Plants vs. Zombies UNO Card Set 2011

Playing Cards in Singapore

Playing Cards in Singapore, one of the Four Asian Tigers.

Playing Cards in Singapore

Pulp Pin-Up

Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.

Pulp Pin-Up

Terracotta Army

Each card has a different photo of elements of the terracotta army whose purpose was to protect the emperor Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife.

Terracotta Army

Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin

“Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin” collectible playing cards, made in China, c.2010.

Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace, Beijing, China, c.1998.

The Summer Palace

Three Kingdoms

One of an extensive range of Chinese historical, art and culture playing cards, Three Kingdoms playing cards describes the historical story of the Three Kingdoms period, the political and military struggles between the contending rulers.

Three Kingdoms

Titicaca ® Playing Cards

Each card in this novelty deck, subtitled “Funny Card”, carries information about a prestigious or popular brand.

Titicaca ® Playing Cards

Tô Tôm №1204

Tô Tôm is played with a 120-card Chinese-style deck.

Tô Tôm №1204

Toyo playing cards No.88 for Peru

Toyo playing cards No.88 manufactured in China for the “Estanco de Naipes del Perú”, 1950s.

Toyo playing cards No.88 for Peru

UNO

UNO Indonesian edition, licensed by Mattel for sale in Far Eastern countries, 2011

UNO 2011