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Traditional Chinese Pieces for Chinese Chess and Variants. Icons of pieces for Xiangqi and variants using a Chinese font.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2005-06-19 UTC
<P>By itself, cheng seems to mean city, which is very different in meaning from castle. In looking for near synonyms to castle, I found that tower can be represented by a single Chinese character. Either <A HREF='http://zhongwen.com/d/182/d240.htm'>ta</A> or <A HREF='http://zhongwen.com/d/188/d211.htm'>lou</A>. In Chess, the Rook (which is equivalent to the Chariot in Chinese Chess) is sometimes called a Castle and usually looks like a Tower. In some languages, the Rook is even known by the word for tower, such as torre in Spanish, tour in French, Toren in Dutch, and Turm in German.</P>