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A Chinese way of seeing the world
Poetry has contributed to draping weiqi in an air of intrinsic nobility, has dressed it in symbolic greatness, has made it possible to emphasize its profound affinity with the values of Taoist harmony and Confucian humanism.
The great Chinese classical novels also all bear the mark of weiqi, where its importance is finally set in the daily lives of bourgeois and merchant families:
The famous erotic novel Jin Ping Mei is not to be outdone, and weiqi occupies an important place in the daily lives of the protagonists, and particularly the women.  The bourgeoisie of the period took over the game and its rituals to make them into a pastime that those of modest means could not afford.
Here is what Giles says about this:
This beauty of weiqi is impalpable, it is linked to a notion of ethics where the
beauty of the game resides in the mutual respect of certain rules, where the unspoken takes up more space than the rules themselves. 
Zhang Yunqi lists the qualities required to excel at weiqi: the tactic of the soldier, the exactness of the mathematician, the imagination of the artist, the inspiration of the poet, the calm of the philosopher, and the greatest intelligence.  But it is the requirement for wisdom or of "philosophical calm", as the player's main assets, which recurs the most frequently in the discourse about weiqi. The same author, who compares the spirit of weiqi with the Olympic spirit (is this a case of the old Chinese dream of seeing weiqi recognized as an Olympic sport?) found an equivalent of the slogan "Faster, higher, harder": "More benevolent, more intelligent, more courageous" with ren - benevolent - implying the Confucian concept of humanism.
Here we see outlined the traditional Chinese virtues as incarnated by the multitude of exemplary heroes scattered over Chinese history. The parallel with the Olympic spirit goes further; just as the Olympic spirit features the peaceful competition of the body, so weiqi embodies the peaceful competition of the spirit. This is how Lin Sitong describes it:
It is without doubt to Kawabata, in his work "The Master or The Go Tournament", that the honor must be attributed of having most agreeably expressed the requirement of an aesthetic feeling, his connivance with the ethic of the game:
30. Herbert A. Giles, " Wei-chi, or the Chinese game of war ", in Temple Bar, England, Vol. 49, n° 194, 1877, p. 45.