Chinese Characters

chinese character etymology

Some early variations of “guo” (country).

Are you fascinated with how Chinese characters came about? Chinese etymology is a popular hobby. Visit Hanziyuan to learn more about individual characters. You can input characters or select random ones. Modern pronunciation and usage examples are given, too. You can click on characters to see a larger version, in case you also want to practice your calligraphy!

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I Ching Calligraphy Art by Wang Dongling

wang-dongling-i-chingWang Dongling, one of China’s leading calligraphers, has an art exhibit of I Ching-based calligraphy.

The China Daily wrote: “At the exhibition being held at the Tiamiao temple on Monday, titled Between Heaven & Heart, Wang will display a piece work of “chaos calligraphy” in which he rewrote in white paint the Chinese divination classics I-Ching, or Book of Changes, on a 32-meter-long glass board. The script, regardless of its unrecognizable style, brings a renewed visual experience of which people focus on the rhythm of lines instead of the meaning of characters.”

Wang has exhibited and taught around the world.