Photographer's Note

According to legend, Chinese characters were invented under the legendary Yellow Emperor by a bureaucrat
inspired by his study of the animals of the world, the landscape of the earth and the stars in the sky.

The earliest confirmed evidence of the Chinese script discovered is the body of inscriptions on oracle bones from the late Shang dynasty (c. 1200–1050 BC). In recent decades, however, a series of inscribed graphs and pictures have been found at Neolithic sites in China, that might push back the purported beginnings of Chinese writing by thousands of years.

Western alphabets might be more practical in the end, but Chinese script is so much more beautiful. The oldest characters in today's Chinese writing system have remained virtually unchanged for centuries.

While in the west writing by hand is slowly becoming a relic of the past, being used for quick notes, like shopping lists, in China the art of calligraphy is still very much alive.

The Chinese have developped a wonderful language with an amazing writing system, and they know it.


This picture shows a calligraphy session on a rather busy street, not far from Xian train station. A moment of peace and meditation in the midst of a most hectic environment.


song title reference: Aerosmith

jean113, lousat, pajaran, bukitgolfb301, Wanda1, worldcitizen, jhm, ourania has marked this note useful

Photo Information
Viewed: 1879
Points: 24
  • None
Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3045 W: 35 N: 6707] (34748)
View More Pictures