9 Jan Traditional Chinese Calligraphy What is calligraphy? It is an ancient, abstract, traditional Chinese art form special to the Chinese people; it is as old as the Chinese history itself. Calligraphy calls for the artist to have knowledge about ancient Chinese language and characters; they say like any other abstract piece of art, avoid asking what a painted character means. The beauty of calligraphy is meant to be enjoyed; its splendor lies in the strokes and the lines created by the movement of painting brushes. Learning Chinese Calligraphy will help you attain some new achievements: because calligraphy requires slow and careful brush strokes and movements, you will discover that patience is a virtue. Slow, unforced movements will lead to a masterpiece. We organized such an activity for our candidates who signed up for the Go Abroad China internship program, but more importantly it was of great benefit to our students enrolled in the Mandarin Language Programs. Offering them a combination of formal study with cultural activities helps these candidates understand China better: getting to know China is about the language, culture, the people, way of life etc. Certainly calligraphy as an art form is something any international individual in China should learn about. History records show that calligraphy has its origins in China, but gradually spread over East Asian countries such as Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, etc, making it an art form synonymous with Asia. When you study Mandarin in China, such activities like learning about calligraphy are an obvious part of the curriculum. In China, calligraphy is revered, many learn to notice and enjoy the beauty of its subtlety. When you make it a habit to practice it often, you start improving your attention skills and become better focused. Painting calligraphy requires special techniques; it is slow but with fluid movements. In time, many people are able to appreciate it even though like any other abstract art, it is in the feeling and not in explaining the Chinese characters written. To see more of our exciting activities at Go abroad China, head on over to our facebook page.