Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) ancient manuals are not only treasures of the Chinese culture, they are also THE BEST WAY to start learning about Xiangqi. There are about 30 ancient manuals that are still extant.

By definition, ancient manuals are defined as books on Xiangqi that have been published in the Qing Dynasty and earlier, which would be before 1911.

The Elegant Pastime Manual is one of the oldest Xiangqi ancient manuals there is. However, it has proved itself to also be one of the most useful and beneficial ancient manuals for players of all levels.