Chinese solitaire, which is played with a regular deck of 52 cards, is set up with seven columns of cards with seven cards in each column. In the first column, each card is face up, and in the subsequent columns each has one fewer card face up, until the last column, which has all seven cards placed face down. For example, the third column of cards has five cards face up and two cards face down.
The three remaining cards that are not placed in the seven columns form the stockpile. As in regular solitaire, four foundations are empty at the start of the game. To win the game, the player must fill each of these four foundations by suit in order from the ace card to the king card. In the columns, the player can move any card, but he can only place it on a card of the opposite color and of one higher value. For example, a player may place a queen of hearts on the king of clubs, or the four of diamonds on the five of spades.
A player may only reveal one of the face down cards if there are no more cards above it. If the player removes all of the cards from one column, he can only place a king card in the empty space. The player can use the cards in the stockpile to make a move at any time.