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Lu Goujian Paid Tribute to Jing Ke(Click Here for Artwork)During the Chun Qiu and Zhan Guo (Warring States) period, most people liked to fence, drink (wine), play Xiangqi and music. As recorded in the 'assassin chapter of Shi Ji', Jing Ke had quite a few encounters before he attempted to assassinate Qin Shi Huang. These stories reflected the daily lives of that period.
Jing Ke was from the Wei Kingdom. His ancestor came from the kingdom of Qi. Jing paid a visit to Wei Yuan Jun hoping to impress him with his fencing technique. Unfortunately, Duke Wei would not hire him. Jing thus traveled to Yu Ci and met with Gai Nie, a renowned warrior. The two got into an argument over fencing and Jing Ke left quietly without saying a word. It's possible that Jing's fencing technique was not as good as Gai Nie. Jing then traveled to Yan and made friend with Gao Jianli. They became great friends. It was recorded that Gao played a musical instrument with Jing singing in harmony.
At Gan Chan, Jing Ke met Lu Goujian, who was known to be a great Liubo (which evolved into Xiangqi) player. The story did not give a clear account of Lu's background. We do know that Lu and Jing got into a fight over the game and Lu yelled at Jing. Jing left quietly and that would be the last time the two ever met.
Being hired by Prince Dan of the Yan Kingdom, Jing traveled to Qin to assassinate Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di. Jing's initial plan was to wait for Gai Nie, who had better fencing skill than himself. Hurried by Prince Dan, Jing left without Gai. As a result, Jing Ke failed and was killed by Qin Shi Huang.
Learning the news, Lu Goujian was shocked and he sighed, 'It's regrettable that Jing failed. It's even more regrettable I yelled at him over the game (of Liubo), because I didn't know him better. He must have hated me.' Other Xiangqi Stories:
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