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Traditional Chinese Characters of the Four Directions

The Four Directions (四維 sì wéi) are the four social bonds, including propriety (禮 lǐ), justice (義 yì), integrity (廉 lián), and honor (chǐ 恥). They are the four cardinal values for a harmonious society. This Chinese calligraphy demonstration of Chinese characters is in regular script, which is the most easily and widely recognized one ...


Four traditional Chinese characters.

Learn Chinese Calligraphy for the Five Elements: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth

According to ancient Chinese philosophy, the Five Elements (五行 wu xing) include Metal (金 jīn), Wood (木 mù), Water (水 shuǐ), Fire (火 huǒ), and Earth (土 tǔ). The Chinese believe that everything in the universe, our health included, is governed by the Five Elements. Characteristics of the Five Elements Metal Righteousness, firmness, rigidity, persistence, strength, ...

Billy Shyu

Man writing Chinese calligraphy with a brush and black ink on a red paper being held down on a wooden table by three stones.

10 Advantages to Practicing Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy is a unique part of traditional culture. But nowadays, we have developed network communication tools, and we seldom write Chinese, not to mention practice calligraphy. Chinese calligraphy, however, is one of the fundamental ways of self-cultivation. Advantages you can gain from practicing calligraphy 1. It nurtures your spirit In the Yellow Emperor, an ancient Chinese medical ...

Kathy McWilliams

Several calligraphy brushes sit on a table next to bowls of ink and paper.

Chinese Calligrapher Creates Artwork Reflecting the Pandemic Era

Liu Xitong is a renowned calligrapher from China who recently took part in a documentary by NTD Television titled “When the Plague Arrives.” The documentary chronicles how epidemic outbreaks overthrew ancient civilizations in the East and West over time, and how these events parallel the present-day COVID-19 outbreak. In the documentary, Liu is the central ...

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Calligrapher Liu Xitong sits with paper and ink.

Chinese Calligraphy for a Long and Healthy Life

Medical reports and research studies have rated practicing Chinese calligraphy as among those activities benefiting longevity. Calligraphy can dispel depression and sorrow by elevating your mind and spirit. According to Lu You, a poet of the Song Dynasty: “With a smile, you play with the brush and ink, and sickness becomes lighter.” In practicing Chinese ...

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Writing Chinese calligraphy.