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Lu Ban Lock

Lu Ban Lock, also called Six Interlocking Blocks, No Way Out and Trouble Blocks etc, is one of the traditional intellective toys in ancient China. It was invented by Lu Ban, a famous carpenter during the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC~256BC).

There spread an interesting legend about the origin of Lu Ban Lock. The legend goes that, Lu Ban wanted to test whether his son was clever or not. He made a detachable toy with six strips of wood and asked his son to separate it and then put these strips of wood back together. After a whole night work, his son succeeded in doing that. Read the rest of this entry »

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