Chinese Calligraphy Saint, Wangxizhi’s Residence

The “sage of calligraphy”, Wang Xi Zhi was known to many that his works were even fished out from his residential pond.

There is an old Chinese saying, “Wen Ru Qi Ren”, meaning that your calligraphy is a reflection of your personality. To many Chinese people, calligraphy is nothing short of a life long journey. Wang was best exemplified with it. Wang Xizhi is the legend of Chinese calligraphy. Legend has it that as a child, Wang Xizhi went to his pond to rinse ink stone after each practice. The boy had worked so hard that the pond water was dyed almost black. Hence the pond was called, “Inkstone Pond”. Cannot-miss spots here include a deck where Wang dried his books. There is also a long hall where you can enjoy the engraved displays of Wang’s calligraphy on steles. Two years ago, while renovating the inkstone ponds, two tombs from the Jin Dynasty (266-420AD) from 1700 years ago were discovered and excavated. The contents found had remained intact and many were transferred to the Linyi Museum for exhibit displays.

More info:

  • Price: 20 RMB
  • Location: 21 Xiyanchi Street, lanshan district, Linyi (临沂市兰山区洗砚池街21号)
  • Time: 8:30 AM to 17:30 PM (Spring, summer), 8:30 AM to 17:00 PM (autumn, winter)
  • Average time spent: 1hour
  • Transportation: Didi (equiv. Uber)

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