"I've got all the beauties in my hand, including myself," Yu
Jingfei cheerfully announces as she holds a set of poker cards.
The 18-year-old staff from the Chengdu Railway station has
invented the first set of beauty poker cards in Chengdu, southwest
China's Sichuan Province.
Yu Jingfei stumbled on the idea of creating the cards after a
series of online conversations with other women in the city. Fond
of online chatting, she posted some photos of herself on a famous
Sichuan web forum at the suggestion of her friends.
She soon got to know the other girls from Chengdu on the forum
and they started discussing how they could promote their good looks
to the rest of the country.
"Chengdu is known for its beautiful women in China, but why
aren't we considered the number one city for beauties in the
country?" Yu asks.
Yu Jinglei was inspired to create the beauty cards after reading
that a scenic spot was planning on creating a set of poker cards to
show its landscape.
"Why not us?" she said. "Photos of beautiful women can also make
Yu Jingfei's online friends supported the idea as soon as she
told them about it. They wasted no time putting their plan into
action. The girls on the forum gave their photos to Yu, who printed
the first set of beauty poker cards in Chengdu a few months later.
Now the Ace of Spades bears a photo of a girl called Xue'r, the ten
of hearts is Feifei, while the three of hearts is Yu.
But Yu Jingfei has received a few objections to her project,
despite the support of most of her friends and parents. Some people
think the cards reveal too much, while others don't want to touch a
photo of someone's face while they play poker.
Song Hong is one of the beautiful women featured on the cards.
She teaches at the Chengdu University of Technology. She thinks the
cards are a great idea.
"Beautiful things should be shared by others!" she said, "As
long as it is healthy and entertaining, it is not an insult to
Meanwhile Yu Jingfei has already formulated the next step in her
plans for the cards.
"I work at the station, and I want to sell the cards there. The
public will soon know about them," she said.
(CRI December 29, 2006)