To the Chinese, handwriting is an art called calligraphy.

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The Chinese Art of Writing
 
 
The Chinese Art of Writing
 
 
The Chinese Art of Writing
 
 
The Chinese Art of Writing
 
 

Do you like your handwriting well enough to frame it and hang it on a wall? To the Chinese, writing is an art called calligraphy.


Calligraphy is a popular hobby many Chinese children enjoy. Throughout Asia, Chinese calligraphy is admired just as much as painting.


Special equipment is necessary. Calligraphers use a brush made of animal hair attached to a bamboo shaft.


Traditional Chinese ink does not come in a bottle but is dried into hard blocks. The best paper for calligraphy is made from rice and comes in long pieces called scrolls. Calligraphers never use erasers.


There are six different styles of writing characters. To the right, the character for “moon” is written in each style.


Every character has a certain number of strokes. The simplest have just a few strokes, but the most complex have more than twenty different lines. Chinese dictionaries are arranged according to the number of strokes it takes to write a character.


Each Chinese character represents a separate word. In ancient China, characters began as simple drawings.











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