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A racket game enduringly popular among women during recorded Chinese history. The game claimed to represent the principles of fairness and harmony, and exhibited elements of contemporary golf and billiards, involving striking a wooden ball towards holes indicated by coloured flags. See Allen Guttmann's Sports: The First Five Millennia (2004). It was played by women of the privileged classes, bedizened in elaborate costume, and was clearly a form of conspicuous consumption as well as gentle exercise.

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