Presidential Gift

A go set was given by President Barack Obama of the United States to President Hu Jintao of China on the occasion of President Obama's first trip to China in November 2009.

  • The board was made by a woodworker in North Carolina.
  • The bowls were made by a glassblower in California.
  • The jade stones were donated by Feng Yun.

Go Set Shown on CCTV News

The presidential gift was seen nationally on China Central Television (CCTV) news.
A closer view of the go set from the CCTV news segment.

Hand-crafted Go Board

The board was hand-crafted using Hawaiin koa wood provided by the State Department. Hawaii is President Obama's home state.

Frank Salantrie inspecting the board.
Top view.
The Seal of the President of the United States and Barack Obama's signature were laser cut on the back of the board.
Closeup of the seal and signature.

Feng Yun's Donated Jade Stones

The pictures below show Feng Yun's jade go stones, on display at her home for the State Department representative who came to pick them up.

Original bowls and presentation box.
On a Chinese standard board. (Yunzi stones in upper left for comparison.)
Jade stones in natural light.