Challenge 12: ACCOMPLISHED!

Posted by Adrian on August 23, 2010 under Challenges | 4 Comments to Read

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Challenge 12: Learn about Chinese calligraphy and write your Chinese names.

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is not only one of China’s most beautiful spots, it has also had a strong influenced on Chinese art. The breathtaking scenery of rugged stone peaks dotted with pine trees is re-created in many years of traditional paintings. Even today, artists come from all over the world to immerse themselves in the scenery and find inspiration, so where better for us to study one of China’s most famous art forms – calligraphy.

We woke up at 5am to beat both the tour groups and the sun up the mountain. Our hope was to find artists working near the summit. Instead we only found dozens of incredible men whose job it is to carry supplies up to the hotels on the peak. They walk up the steep path – 4 miles of steps – once a day, carrying loads of around 165 pounds  (12 stones). It takes them around 5 hours and their strength is simply amazing.

We had to wait until the evening when we were back in the town to find our artist. Mr. Xie, a nationally renowned calligrapher, took great pride in unrolling his work and spreading it out on the floor as he explained his various techniques. We learnt such interesting facts as the thinner brushes are made from goat hair and the thicker ones are made from wolf fur.

Under Mr. Xie’s guidance we enjoyed having a go ourselves and he politely said he was impressed with our efforts. More than anything, it was a relaxing experience; one which Mr. Xie says he does for up to 2 hours every evening before bed in order to sleep well. After our tiring day on the mountain, we did too.

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4 Comments on “Challenge 12: ACCOMPLISHED!”

  • Heather said,

    Those workers have incredible strength. I’m amazed at their tenacity. And you two are talented. Beatiful calligraphy! Good luck on your remaining challenges!

    Aug 26, 2010

  • elaine said,

    I’ll expect to see a huge difference on the next hand-written postcard then! Let me know if you want any cats hair for a brush – I’m sure Lucien could spare a bit from his tail!

    Aug 27, 2010

  • Louise said,

    Wow! What beautiful scenery! The men carrying those incredibly heavy loads really are amazing. Is there no road to the top of the mountain? How do the tourists get to the hotels?

    Aug 27, 2010

  • Cheney said,

    Wow,both of u had done a good job.Did u find it hard learning calligraphy n interested in it?I’m absolutely admired what the men carried along the road to the top of the mountain..

    Aug 27, 2010

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