Chinese Abacus中國算盤

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  • Yam Kwai-sun 任貴新

  • 02:00PM, 05/06/2013

  • Tai Kok Tsui 大角咀

  • 01'17'/Samsung S2/handheld

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Calculators have already taken the place of the traditional abacuses. People in the future may never know about this ancient Chinese calculation tool or get to hear the unique sound it creates. When I was young, this is a tool that was commonly seen at rice vendors, grocery stores and Chinese medicine shops. It is a very familiar sound, just like the laughter of neighbors.

I am the owner of a medicine shop. Every day at the shop, I always use this calculation tool to set the prices and calculate the prescription fees for the clients. Only on the first three days of the Lunar New Year is the shop closed, and the abacus’ sound temporarily absent.


Chinese Abacus/ 中國算盤