Writing an ode to the nation – in free cursive style

Yang Meiping
A Shanghai Jiao Tong University associate professor creates a huge piece of calligraphy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Yang Meiping
Writing an ode to the nation – in free cursive style
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Xu Qinghua, an associate professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s School of Media and Communication, creates a huge piece of calligraphy in kuangcao, an extremely free cursive style in Chinese calligraphy, on the waterfront along the Huangpu River in Pudong New Area on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. 

Xu Qinghua, an associate professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s School of Media and Communication, created a huge piece of calligraphy in kuangcao, an extremely free cursive style in Chinese calligraphy, on the waterfront along Huangpu River in the Pudong New Area on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

The work, 30 meters long and 10 meters in width, is based on “Remembering Chibi, to the tune of Nian Nu Jiao,” a famous poem by Chinese literateur Su Shi (1037-1101).

Pianist Xie Jingxian performed alongside as Xu was busy with his work.

Xu is also vice president of the Shanghai Calligraphers Association and had created a 120-square-meter piece of calligraphy to celebrate Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 120th birthday in 2016 and a 200-square-meter piece at the Mogao Grottoes in northwest China's Gansu Province in May. 

Xu’s performance on the waterfront in Pudong was part of the activities for the area’s art festival this year.

Xu and other calligraphers from Pudong had earlier instructed Chinese and international students at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on calligraphy. The words the students wrote included “I love Shanghai” and “Best wishes for China” in Chinese.

Writing an ode to the nation – in free cursive style
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Xu Qunghua uses a huge brush pen to write on a piece of white cloth on the ground.

Writing an ode to the nation – in free cursive style
Dong Jun / SHINE

Xu writes “Remembering Chibi, to the tune of Nian Nu Jiao,” a famous poem by Chinese literateur Su Shi (1037-1101), in kuangcao, an extremely free cursive style in Chinese calligraphy.

Writing an ode to the nation – in free cursive style
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Students show off their calligraphy.

Writing an ode to the nation – in free cursive style
Dong Jun / SHINE

A female student poses with her calligraphy work, which reads “Russia and China are good friends.”


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