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China Rails


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  • For 2-6 players
  • Part of the Empire Builder series
  • Standalone game
  • Takes 3-4 hours to play
  • Every game is different
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  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 11.6 x 9.4 inches ; 2.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B000VR5QWE
  • Item model number: MFG4504
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 14 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,879 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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For centuries, trade has been a crucial factor of life in China. From the ancient Silk Road to modern ocean trade, the flow of goods and cargo was the very lifeblood of the great Middle Kingdom."Once, bearers traveling on foot or carts pulled by oxen were enough to fulfill the needs of this great society. But the wheel of time cannot stop turning, and thus new means are being called upon to deliver precious goods to the people. Like a river of iron, the tracks of new railroads begin to cross the tremendous distances of the land, stretching from Shanghai to Urumqi, from Qiqihar to Hong Kong, and to every city in between. Shining dragons rush along these tracks, delivering goods as mundane as grain, as exotic as jade. From time to time, these young railroads will be called upon to transfer people the noble workers or exalted party officials. From Tibet to Taiwan, the needs of the Republic call out to you. With your limited resources, can you construct the most efficient rail network? Can you deliver needed goods more quickly than your competitors? Can you prove to the People and the Party that you and you alone, deserve to be named the Minister of Railroads? Events and disasters, both natural and man-made, will stand in your way. But if your plan is sound and your tactics are true, you shall overcome them all and claim your victory. Each copy of China Rails contains one 6 pieces puzzle-cut game board, 6 crayons, 100 load chips, 100 load stickers, 168 cards, 1 pack of world bank notes, 1 rules book, and 1 tray.

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From Tibet to Taiwan, the needs of the Republic call out to you. With your limited resources, can you construct the most efficient rail network?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JES on February 6, 2013
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This board game is a lot of fun for those who have played Empire Builder or Eurorails. Get ready to learn the geography of China and place names. The first time we helped each other find the towns and cities on the map board. Rivers, mountains, deserts, and the ferry to Taiwan require planning to make a profit. Hazard cards, including delivery of Party Congress members, add the unexpected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Therese F. Quaranta on October 9, 2010
I went to a local toy store to buy a game that I could use with my two 10 3/4 year olds while we practiced Mandarin. The guy at the store recommended this game. Last night I read the directions and tonight we read them and began playing at the same time. While there is a little bit of a learning curve, i.e. as we played the game we figured out that we needed to do this differently or that differently, we had a great time and could not put the game away to go to bed. My goal is to learn the game well enough so that when we get together with our friend on Saturday and play games in Mandarin, we will first be able to teach her how to play, and then play only using Mandarin. We played and read the directions tonight for about an hour and a half. The kids will have some friends over in a couple of days and this is what they want to play with them. AFter these two trial and error sessions, we should be able to teach someone to play.

This is a really fun game that will live on for a long time in our home. It is fun, educational an will change with every game. I think that each time one plays it, one can get better and better. This should continue into adulthood.

It is not too hard for my kids now, even my daughter who often gets frustrated with complex strategy games. If you are not too great with strategy, you can still play and have fun. The better your strategy abilibies are, the better you will make out in the game, but it is still fun for everyone. Also, it is easy to learn from eachother and to grow in abilities.

It is extrememly educational both in learning the Chinese geography as well as in thinking strategically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik Burton on April 25, 2010
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It is the only educational game I know of that is based on china. This should be good for kids to better understand math and geography of China at the same time. It is hard to get started as Americans do not understand china well but in time you should get it.
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I love all the epic railroading games put out by Mayfair! We started with Empire Builder - which was a map of North America, and I think our game was a fourth-edition version. The edition is important, because with each edition they iron out a few kinks and make the play more enjoyable. That was something I wasn't really aware of until I bought China Rails, first edition. The plastic playing pieces of commodities that the trains pick up and deliver are all white, with plain black and white stickers to put on them. They aren't as easy to read or use as the later editions, where the pieces are color coded and you don't have to put the stickers on yourself.

In China Rails, first edition, the prices of the commodities don't seem to be quite right. Who ever decides to go pick up cotton first, usually wins the game. It costs too much to build to sheep, so no one ever goes there. There are too many rivers! How inconsiderate of China to have so many rivers - really! :)

But in spite of these minor problems, the game is a lot of fun. We enjoy exploring China in this manner, and it encourages the girls to look things up online, to find out more about China, her major cities, and the products produced there.

I think all schools should stock these games - what a great way to learn geography, economics, and review basic math skills!
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