First of all, I assume you are familiar with the interface of the game. Especially with the mapping and compass devices. I won't point out every directions in terms of steps to be taken left, right or forward. I do know that it's sometime hard to find the right spot. Therefore I've included small maps to point out locations. Hope that will help you avoid some annoying disturbance (which I felt as making the game less nice at some points).

Second, I find the 'leap' function very neat; go to or near the location you want to go and find a spot where the cursor changes into a pointing finger. Click and you will leap to this location. I included this because my Dutch manual isn't too clear about this great and time saving possibility.

Third, I have to tell you I've played the Dutch version of this game. As I've experienced in other Cryo games, as Egypt and Atlantis, names of characters or places might differ between different language versions. Therefore, I am almost certain that the names of the locations in this game (who comes up with names like that?) and maybe even of the characters aren't all written down correctly. If so, please let me know because these translations are based upon my own view. If you tell me the right (English) name of the character or location, I can correct this in my walkthrough to get less confusion for other people. Thanks in advance!
The China game is not a story divided into chapters. It's an ongoing investigations with several puzzles and problems you'll encounter whilst playing. Therefore, a chapter kind of index is impossible. Underneath, I've put hyperlinks to certain points in the game. Click on them to get to a solution or, when you have a problem with general progress, click on the last thing you've solved or accomplished and read from that point on.
1. how to get started
2. get admittance for the garden
3. in the garden
4. the buddha puzzle
5. the go puzzle
6. the archives of the emperor
7. meeting the concubines
8. the secret message on clue number two
9. the door puzzle
10. the search for Ma
11. the tiger cave
12. the seal/ stamp puzzle
13. the search for Li
14. the cave puzzle
15. Jin's paper/ the flame puzzle
16. solution to Jin's clue
17. the seal/ stamp puzzle #2
18. the zodiac/ penjing puzzle
19. the fight with Da
20. the clock puzzle
21. the emperor's chair puzzle

After Wang being killed on the steps, you are in charge of the investigation. You start at a gate with guards. Ask them something by clicking on their faces (the cursor will turn into the mouth symbol). They'll tell you Wang's office is at the end of the square (see number 1 on the following map). Turn left and walk forward. Turn right and click on the door. You enter and meet head Eunuch Ma and eunuch Chou. Click on Ma to talk to him. Repeat this with Chou.

They tell you to talk to the Enlightened Grandmother but you will have to get admittance. Go to the Bureau of Internal Requests to get another mandate. Look at the map to find out about the Bureau's location (number 2). Of course, you can also use the 'leap' to go there.

Go to this place through the gate you see in front of you (on the map, that is, in the game it's a bit to your left past the doors). Turn right and move forward. Now turn around and look to the left to see a door that is slightly open. Go through it to enter the office. Step forward and turn right to face the chief. talk to him and you get a second mandate which allows you to move around in the garden.

Follow the red line on the map on to number 3 which is the garden entrance. Give the second mandate to the eunuch guarding the entrance. Go through the door and meet the Chinese Enlighten Grandmother. She will tell you about Wang's testament and give you a letter and a key. Read the letter. Turn around and move forward twice to leave the garden.

Go back to Wang's office. Talk to Ma. Then talk to him again to ask about the Buddha statue. Go to the small closet to the right and open it. Open the upper drawer to get the hammer. The middle drawer contains a screw driver and a chisel. The lower drawer is locked so you need to use the key you got in the garden to open it. In here you will find the statue.

Now you need the clue from the letter the Emperess-Widow gave you; "five in front, red after blue". This means you should click the two blue balls first, then the three red ones. Of course, of the five in the middle, marked by the crack in the stone. By the way, I clicked on the balls from left to right, which worked appropriately.

In the statue, there's two documents. the first is Wang's first confession. Don't try to remember or write it down; use the parchment roll/ document symbol in your inventory to read it all. The second document is a clue to the next confession.

Use the clue on Ma and learn that the man on the clue is probably Wei, the master of education. The game is a Go game. Wei is in the Hall of the Study of Princes. Go there by taking a leap.

Find Wei and prince Yong. Talk to Wei and give him the clue. He confirms the game is a Go game. wang made those games and he has one of his own. Turn left and step forward. take a look at the game. The solution is in the clue; the dot marked board is the game itself. The Chinese symbol is the solution itself; you should click on the dots to make this symbol. Take a look at the pic. Inside the Go game there's another two documents.

These documents are confession number two and another clue to the next confession. Again, details are in the document from your inventory. Show the new clue to Wei and he'll tell you about the archives in the imperial house.
Go to the Bureau of Internal Requests. Show the second confession to the chief and he'll inform the Emperor. Now you have access to the archives.

Go to the Emperor's house and talk to the man inside the house. Show him the documents and ask him about the archives. Then go to the other room. Get the ruyi from the small table and look at the archives cabinet. Pick out the 4 books containing the movements of goods during all 4 seasons of the year 39. In here, there's confirmation of Wang's confession about the goods send to the First Concubine on the 6th day of the 11th month of that year.

Go to the Bureau of Internal Requests to get a permit to the concubine's quarters. Talk to the chief and get your 3rd mandate. Go to the concubine's quarters and show the mandate to the guard. She leaves and you can hear the concubines talk about the reason of your visit. Finally you can enter.

Go around the wall and go to the main and central building. Talk to the guard and give the list when you are asked for the items. Three concubines will come to you and each is carrying a gift. Open the left one and see that there's a hidden compartment. Use the screwdriver to open it and get the three documents. These are the originals Wang spoke of. In your inventory these items are represented by with a scroll.

Go to the Bureau of Internal Requests and use the scroll on the chief. He'll inform the Emperor. Then go to Wei and talk to him. He tells you that you can use his equipment. use the scroll on the table. Pick up a brush, dip it in the water bowl and then use it on the document to the right. The message will be revealed. The next clue can be found at the Gate of Heavenly Clearness. Leave the scroll for examination.

Go to the Gate with a leap from the map. Take one step forward and look at the door. Look again just left of the left door knob. Use the chisel on the fourth gold ball from the left on the lower row. Use the hammer on the chisel and a secret hiding place will be revealed. Click on one of the three slots to get some characters. Click on each character to get three same characters in a row; 3 characters that look like a P. It opens to reveal another confession and another clue.

When you want to leave, you meet Yu who seems kinda curious about your progress. Watch that guy!

Now go to the garden to talk to the Emperess-Widow. Wang was one of her eunuchs before he started working for the Emperor. That's why he gave his last will to her.

Go to the Bureau of Internal Requests and show the chief the third confession. He tells you to find Ma for questioning. Then go to Wei. Show him confession and clue number three. He also tells you to find Ma and that you should hurry; he might commit suicide to avoid his punishment.

Go to Wang's office and talk to eunuch Chou. Ask him where Ma is. But he doesn't know. He's working for Ma for only 3 months, before that he worked somewhere else.

Leave the building and talk to the guards at the gate (see map to the right, number 1). They've seen ma leave the palace. Go to the red door on the right and go through it. Turn around and talk to the guards (number 2). They've seen Ma enter the nearby gate (number 3). Ask those guards again. Through the gate, turn around and ask those guards (number 4) if they know where Ma went. They don't but they've seen him go into the Tiger Cave.

Go down the stairs and turn about 45 degrees to the left. Put the cursor beneath the right of the two fire extinguisher bowls. See the picture to the left for the exact position. Click and you'll walk into the Tiger Cave.

Inside you'll find Ma's dead body. He's carrying the seal tablet. You will go automatically to the Bureau of Internal Request. Hand the seal tablet to the chief and your new order will be to go to the hall of Unity and investigate the matter. You'll receive mandate number 4.

Look up this location on the map and go there by walking down the alley left of your current position. Turn right when you're at the gate of your destination. Give the guard the fourth mandate and he'll let you in. Walk forward till you face the door, turn right and step forward. Turn left and step forward. Turn left again and step forward once more to enter.

Meet two people and talk to the one on the right. His name is Wen. Talk about the false seals and show the seal tablet to the other guy. He'll show you the original seals/ stamps. Examine the right seal and get the wax from underneath it. Click on all the stamps to check their bottoms. Then click on them till you can move them.
Move each stamp on the red square (the ink) and then put them in one of the empty squares at the bottom. This is the solution:

Go back to the Bureau of Internal Requests and meet Li's replacement. Give him the wax. You get an order to arrest Wen who's probably part of the scam.

Go back to the Hall of Unity (as you've been there, you can leap from the map!). Wen's gone... Ask the eunuch where he lives and he'll point it out to you. Leave the room and go to the back of the building. Go down the steps and turn left. Click on the living quarters and enter Wen's home. Click on the chest twice and use the chisel on the floor tile underneath. Here's where Wen stored a lot of money? His piece of the cake?

Leave the room and Wen will enter, dying in your arms. His last words will point out Li as the killer!
Go back to the Bureau of Internal requests. Talk to the chief. You gotta find Li! Talk to him again and he'll tell you to ask the guards about Li's whereabouts.

Go to the guards at the nearby gate. Li went to the other side of the square! Go there and go through the opposite gate. Turn around and ask the guards. They saw Li go to the garden. Go to the garden, too.

In the garden, step forward twice towards the rock tower. You will see a eunuch enter and come out screaming seconds later. Inside, Li's corpse is on the floor. He's carrying a list with the names of four people; Wang, Ma, Wen and Jin Caou. The first three names are marked with a red line... and they're dead!!! Who's Jin Caou?

When the servants leave, look at the window and open it by using the screw driver on the four corners. Click on the box and another puzzle is in your hands.
This puzzle is more difficult then the ones you've had to solve so far. The solution is in the information database attached to the game.
Start up this database from the menu. At the bottom, to the right, there's a sun like symbol. Click on it and a list of subjects appears. Find the part with the subject "wind directions" (Mind you, the exact description in your game might differ, so look also for an equivalent of this word!). In here you'll learn about the combination of colors, animals and directions.

The solution is the right combination of position, wind direction, animal and color. This is it:
Up: North - Turtle - Black , Right: East - Dragon - Green, Down: South - Bird - Red, Left: West - Tiger - White.

Place all rings in the right position and the puzzle will freeze. But it's not solved yet! There's four colored parts left: yellow, gray, purple and blue. The clue number three speaks of "sun, moon, sea and sky". With a little imagination the colors can be attached to the symbols: sun = yellow, moon = gray, sea = purple (dark blue, as you wish) and sky = blue (or light blue). Now we've established this solution, you only need to click the colors in the order given in the clue; sun, moon, sea and sky meaning to click yellow, gray, purple and blue. The ying-yang symbol will open and reveal another confession and another clue.

Leave the cave and meet a servant. Go to Fu and talk to her. Then speak to the servant (the one with the hat) again. Ask him/ her who Jin Caou is. He'll tell you she's the head eunuch of Chou.

Go to the palace of the concubines and ask the guard at the gate about Jin. The guard will look for her. When the guard returns, enter the palace. Turn right, take a step forward and talk to another guard. Ask her where Jin is. She talks to Chouxiu but she's not being very cooperative. You do learn that Jin's been called for in the imperial house.

Leap to the imperial house and find Jin. She's stabbed in the back but can mumble you the name of Hua Boa and the word "flame" before she passes away. She also speaks of the lady when asked about the conspiracy.
From here you'll be transferred to the Bureau of Internal Request automatically.

From there, go to the Palace of the Concubines. Talk to the guard. Hua Boa is the court lady of Chiouxiu. Enter the palace, turn right and walk forward. Talk to the other guard and ask for Hua Bao. When she's been inside, enter the building behind her. Meet Hua Boa and talk to her. She'll tell you she got a blank piece of paper from Jin and that she was told a riddle about warmth and light. Remember Jin talking about a flame?
Turn a bit to the right and see the long candle. Put the blank paper on it and click. A hidden picture will be revealed.

Put the picture in your inventory and leave the building. Cross the square inside the palace and take a look at the tree and the water bowl. These are the ones on Jin's paper. Look at the bowl and see a small compartment at the bottom. Get it and hear a sound. Now use the chisel on the small piece (might take a few clicks or just one on the right position... keep trying). It opens and you can get the key from inside.
Cross the square again and examine the other tree, especially it's bottom. Inside the pot, there's another hidden compartment. Open it with the key and get the fake stamps!

This stamp puzzle is exactly the same as the first one. Click on a stamp to look at the bottom. Click it twice again to move it. Move it over the ink and place the print in the empty squares beneath. The solution is:

Go to the Bureau of Internal Requests. Give the fake seals to the chief and you'll be given orders to search Chiouxiu's quarters.

Go to the palace of the Concubines and speak to the guard. Ask for Shiouxiu. She will see you now. Enter, turn left and step into the room. Talk to the lady (is she bitchy!) and tell her about the conspiracy. Turn around and take a look at the table. See some bamboo sticks in a pot. This is a penjing puzzle. Click on one of the animal pictures and see it move.
Go back to the hall and talk to Hua Bao about the puzzle. She tells you about the animals that move and the zodiac signs. The movements you already met, the zodiac signs can be found in the database. Look at the 'astronomy' sections to find out the 12 animals.

The animals on the bamboo sticks are not all in the Chinese zodiac. Click on each part till you've got an animal from the zodiac. Look at the picture and the list below for the corresponding animal:

1. snake
2. cock
3. tiger
4. dog
5. horse
6. pig/ boar
7. hare
8. buffalo/ ox
9. ape/ monkey
10. rat
11. dragon
12. goat

Note: Again, the names of the animals might be different in other language versions. If so, I would be very pleased if you could let me know the right description of the animal.

A secret compartment will open and you can get a document. The lady suddenly starts to cry. She will not cooperate, though. With some convincing language she finally does and she tells Da was her accomplice. Revenge?

You go automatically to the Bureau of Internal Requests. Tomorrow, is what you tell the chief, after the ceremony, the plan is to assassinate the emperor. Your orders are to go to Da. You'll find him in the emperor's house, searching for something.

Before entering the room, select the ruyi from your inventory. Enter the room and when he turned around to attack you, put the ruyi on his head and click to throw. He will be knocked down and will admit his guilt although he doesn't confess the whole thing. The guards will take him away.

Look at the desk and examine the blue and gold statue with the message about the 58th year, the 9th month and the 7th day. Now go to the table to your left. Examine the clock. There's three clockworks on it. The idea is to put the 'time' from the statue on the clock.

To do so, put the big pointer on the big clock (with the "wings") on the 5 and the small pointer on the 5 to make 58. The small clock on the left is the day; put the pointer on 7. The small clock to the right is the month; put the pointer on 9. Confession and clue number 5 can be taken from the clock.

Go to the Bureau of Internal Requests and show the drawing from the clock to the chief. Then go to the Hall of Highest Harmony. Enter the building and step forward. "Get" the podium and chair to examine it closely. Then get the seat and finally "use" the mechanism inside.

Note: when you now click the needle, you're dead meat!

To avoid being killed and to proceed with the game, do the following:

1. Click the iron bar in front of you, marked by number 1.
2. Click the bar to the left, marked by number 2.
3. Click the bar to the back, marked by number 3.
4. Click the bar to the right, marked by number 4.
5. Click the needle in the middle for close examination.

Now you managed to not get killed immediately, you still need to disable the poisoning device. Again, another sequence of actions has to be taken. Act like the following list where the numbers in front of the description correspond with the numbers in the picture.

1. Click the wheel near the poison.
2. Click the wheel at the top of the machine.
3. Use the screw driver on the double hose to remove one hose. Repeat this twice to remove both hoses.
4. Use the screw driver on the hose or the copper ring on the hose to remove it.
5. Use the screw driver on the little copper rim of the right poison canister. This is a close call! Might take several attempts to find the right position.
6. Get the glass canister to the right.
7. Repeat actions 5 and 6 with the right poison canister.
8. Click on the empty can holder (don't use any inventory item!).

When you've completed this, the emperor will call for you to show you his gratitude. Take a moment to watch the complete end sequence; at the end you will see what becomes of the characters you've met through the game.

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