University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: Bo01-099. No caption in the album for this photo of Chinese men playing a board game (chess, according to John Thomson). This group of priests lived at the Temple of the Five Hundred Gods (or Flowery Forest Monastery), also known as the Temple of the Five Hundred Genii, Canton (Guangazhou). It is now known as Hualin si (华林寺). The man in the centre of this photograph is the Abbot. Photograph by John Thomson (see https://wellcomecollection.org/works/n3pskpqq?page=1&query=THOMSON%2C%20JOHN%20%7B1837-1921%7D).
Buddhist monks playing Chinese chess, Temple of the Five Hundred Gods, Canton