Tile set description

A complete mahjong set contains 144 tiles. The tiles fall into four categories: suits, honour tiles, flowers and seasons.

There are three suits:

the dots (also called circles or balls):
Mahjongg tile - 1 of dots Mahjongg tile - 2 of dots Mahjongg tile - 3 of dots Mahjongg tile - 4 of dots Mahjongg tile - 5 of dots Mahjongg tile - 6 of dots Mahjongg tile - 7 of dots Mahjongg tile - 8 of dots Mahjongg tile - 9 of dots

the bamboo's (also called bams or sticks):
Mahjongg tile - 1 of bamboos Mahjongg tile - 2 of bamboos Mahjongg tile - 3 of bamboos Mahjongg tile - 4 of bamboos Mahjongg tile - 5 of bamboos Mahjongg tile - 6 of bamboos Mahjongg tile - 7 of bamboos Mahjongg tile - 8 of bamboos Mahjongg tile - 9 of bamboos

and the characters (also called characks, cracks, or wan):
Mahjongg tile - 1 of characters Mahjongg tile - 2 of characters Mahjongg tile - 3 of characters Mahjongg tile - 4 of characters Mahjongg tile - 5 of characters Mahjongg tile - 6 of characters Mahjongg tile - 7 of characters Mahjongg tile - 8 of characters Mahjongg tile - 9 of characters

The suit tiles are numbered 1 through 9, and in any given suit, there are four of each number.

There are two types of honour tiles. The winds (North, South, East, and West):
Mahjongg tile - North wind Mahjongg tile - South wind Mahjongg tile - East wind Mahjongg tile - West wind

and the dragons (Red, Green, and White):
Mahjongg tile - Red dragon Mahjongg tile - Green dragon Mahjongg tile - White dragon

The red has the Chinese character (in red) for Cheung - meaning centre of the four directions. The green dragon is not really a dragon, but a green imprinted Chinese character, Fa (or Fa Choy), meaning "commence" or "begin good luck."

Just as there are four each suit number, there are four of each wind and four of each dragon.

The flower and season tiles differ in nature from the suit and honour tiles. There are only 4 flowers (Bamboo, Chrisantemum, Plum, and Orchid):
Mahjongg tile - bamboo Mahjongg tile - mum Mahjongg tile - plum Mahjongg tile - orchid

and only 4 season tiles (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn):
Mahjongg tile - winter Mahjongg tile = spring Mahjongg tile - summer Mahjongg tile - autumn

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