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  1. Read / Reading
  2. Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books
  3. Peacefulness / Tranquility...
  4. Guide / Help / Cooperate
  5. River of Literacy, Sea of Learning
  6. Don’t Panic
  7. Inner Peace / Silence / Serenity
  8. Chaos
  9. Read
10. Well-Disciplined / Orderly
11. Student
12. Diligent Study Proverb
13. Appreciation and Love for Your Parents


Read / Reading

China yuè dú
Read / Reading Wall Scroll

This Chinese word clearly refers to the act of reading, or a suggestion to read (presumably books but could refer to any reading materials, or text).

Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books

China xíng wàn lǐ lù shèng dú wàn juǎn shū
Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books Wall Scroll

This translates a few ways:
To travel ten-thousand miles beats reading ten-thousand books.
Better to travel ten thousand li than to read ten thousand books. (a "li" is an ancient Chinese mile)
Travelling thousands of miles is better than reading thousands of books.

No matter how you slice it, this Chinese proverb is claiming that experience is more profound and meaningful than what you can get from a book. Go do it! Don't just read about it.

Peacefulness / Tranquility
Perfectly Quiet

China jìng mì
Japan seihitsu
Peacefulness / Tranquility / Perfectly Quiet Wall Scroll

The first and second character both mean quiet. Together, they reinforce the meanings almost creating a word that means "double quiet" or "perfect quiet."

A good wall scroll for a library, reading room, or other quiet place.


See Also:  Peace | Harmony

Guide / Help / Cooperate

China tí xié
Japan tei kei
Guide / Help / Cooperate Wall Scroll

提携 varies a bit depending on which language you are reading it in.

提携 means to guide and help (younger people) in Chinese.
Cooperation or "working in concert" in Korean.
And, cooperation, tie-up, joint business, link-up in Japanese.

River of Literacy, Sea of Learning

China wén jiāng xué hǎi
River of Literacy, Sea of Learning Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb reads, "river of literacy, sea of learning"

This suggests that there is a lot to learn in the world, with an eternal amount of reading and things to study.

This is one way to translate the quote from Hippocrates, "ars longa, vita brevis," meaning, "it takes a long time to acquire and perfect one's expertise."


See Also:  Learning Is Eternal

Don’t Panic

China bú yào kǒng huāng
Don’t Panic Wall Scroll

If you need a strange homage to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this might be it. This simply says "Don't Panic" in Chinese. A Chinese person who is not familiar with this masterpiece of a book, will not see the humor but that will be your chance to suggest reading some Douglas Adams (which has been translated into Chinese).

Inner Peace / Silence / Serenity

China jìng
Japan shizu / sei
Inner Peace / Silence / Serenity Wall Scroll

靜 is the simplest way to convey the meaning of inner peace and serenity.

靜 is often translated as "serenity." It can also be used to express the ideas of still, calm, serene, quiet, silent, stillness, not moving or tranquility.

In the old days, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean people might hang a wall scroll with this character in their reading room to bring about a sense of peace in the room.


静While they once used the same character form in Japan, they now use a slightly-simplified version in modern Japan (after WWII). This version is shown to the right, and can be selected for your wall scroll by clicking on that Kanji instead of the button above.


See Also:  Peace

Chaos

China hùn dùn
Japan konton
Chaos Wall Scroll

混沌 is the Japanese, Korean and Chinese word that means absolute confusion, disorder and chaos.

This more directly refers to primal chaos or primeval chaos.

When reading something about Chinese mythology, you may find this term used to describe the formless mass before creation.

Chinese scientists sometimes use this word to refer to the nebulous state before the universe was formed or nebulosity.

In some context, this could mean "a state of confusion."

Read

China yuè
Read Wall Scroll

This Chinese character means to read. It can also refer to observing (the world, and learning from it), or gaining life experiences. This is a good character to relay the idea of being "well read," which can include reading books, studying, and learning through experience.

The dictionary definition also includes: to inspect; to review; to peruse; to go through; to experience.

Technically, this is also a Japanese Kanji but it only used by some Japanese Buddhists (most of the population will not recognize it).

In both Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, this means: Examine, inspect, look over.

Well-Disciplined / Orderly

Special Military Term
China yán zhěng
Well-Disciplined / Orderly Wall Scroll

When reading an account of some battles in China, I came across this Chinese word. As it turns out, it's only used in military circles to describe neat, orderly, and well-disciplined troops. Perhaps this is actually closer to the meaning I was taught while in the U.S. Marines.

The first character literally means stern, serious, strict, or severe (it can also mean "air tight" or "water tight."
The second character means exact, in good order, whole, complete, and orderly.
Together, these two characters multiply each other into a word that expresses the highest military level of discipline.


See Also:  Self-Control | Will-Power

Student

China xué shēng
Japan gakusei
Student Wall Scroll

學生 is how to write "student" in Chinese, pre-WWII Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

If you are a "student of life," this might be an interesting wall scroll to hang in your reading room.

The first character means "study" or "learning."
The second character means "life" or "birth." Don't read too much into that second character, unless you decide that this means "the birth of studies" or "the life of learning." Everyone in China, Japan, (and those who can read Hanja in Korea) will just read this word with the meaning of "student."

If you put the character for "little" in front of this word, it becomes "elementary school student." Prefixed with "middle" it becomes "middle school student." Prefixed with "big" it becomes "university student" (though when these two characters for student are seen alone, it often suggests "university student"). The term "high school student" is written differently.


学There is a very common simplified version of the first character for this word. You will see this form in modern Japan and mainland China, Singapore, and other places. If you want this simplified version, please click on the character shown to the right instead of the "select and customize" button above.

Diligent Study Proverb

Drill a hole in the wall to get light to read by.
China záo bì tōu guāng
Diligent Study Proverb Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "Bore a hole on the wall to make use of the neighbor's light to study."

This is a nice gift for a very studious person.

Kuang Heng was born during the Western Han period. He was very fond of reading ever since he was young. However, he could not go to school since his family was poor, and he had to borrow books from people to learn.

In order to borrow these books he normally did chores for people who had them. When he became older, he had to work in the field from sunrise to sunset since his family's financial situation did not get any better. Thus, he tried to study at night but he had no lamp.

One day, he noticed that there was light from the neighbor's house coming through a crack in the wall. This made him very happy, so he dug a larger hole from the crack and read in the light that shone through. This diligent study eventually made him an accomplished person.

Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

China shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents Wall Scroll

This is the last line of a famous poem. It is perceived as a tribute or ode to your parent's or mother from a child or children that have left home.

The poem was written by Meng Jiao during the Tang Dynasty (about 1200 years ago). The Chinese title is "You Zi Yin" which means "The Traveler's Recite."

The last line as shown here speaks of the generous and warm spring sun light which gives the grass far beyond what the little grass can could ever give back (except perhaps by showing its lovely green leaves and flourishing). The metaphor is that the sun is your mother or parents, and you are the grass. Your parents raise you and give you all the love and care you need to prepare you for the world. A debt which you can never repay, nor is repayment expected.

The first part of the poem (not written in the characters to the left) suggests that the thread in a loving mother's hands is the shirt of her traveling offspring. Vigorously sewing while wishing them to come back sooner than they left.
...This part is really hard to translate into English that makes any sense but maybe you get the idea. We are talking about a poem that is so old that many Chinese people would have trouble reading it (as if it was the King James Version of Chinese).




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Read
Reading
閱讀
阅读
yuè dú / yue4 du2 / yue du / yuedu yüeh tu / yüehtu
Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books 行萬里路勝讀萬捲書
行万里路胜读万卷书
xíng wàn lǐ lù shèng dú wàn juǎn shū
xing2 wan4 li3 lu4 sheng4 du2 wan4 juan3 shu1
xing wan li lu sheng du wan juan shu
hsing wan li lu sheng tu wan chüan shu
Peacefulness
Tranquility
Perfectly Quiet
靜謐
静谧
seihitsujìng mì / jing4 mi4 / jing mi / jingmi ching mi / chingmi
Guide
Help
Cooperate
提携tei kei / teikeití xié / ti2 xie2 / ti xie / tixie t`i hsieh / tihsieh / ti hsieh
River of Literacy, Sea of Learning 文江學海
文江学海
wén jiāng xué hǎi
wen2 jiang1 xue2 hai3
wen jiang xue hai
wenjiangxuehai
wen chiang hsüeh hai
wenchianghsüehhai
Don’t Panic 不要恐慌bú yào kǒng huāng
bu2 yao4 kong3 huang1
bu yao kong huang
buyaokonghuang
pu yao k`ung huang
puyaokunghuang
pu yao kung huang
Inner Peace
Silence
Serenity

shizu / seijìng / jing4 / jing ching
Chaos 混沌kontonhùn dùn / hun4 dun4 / hun dun / hundun hun tun / huntun
Read
yuè / yue4 / yue yüeh
Well-Disciplined
Orderly
嚴整
严整
yán zhěng
yan2 zheng3
yan zheng
yanzheng
yen cheng
yencheng
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Acceptance of Fate
Ambition
Believe
Big Brother
Bliss
Born
Breath
Brotherly Love
Devoted
Diligence
Discipline
Dojo
Dragon and Phoenix
Dream Big
Earth
Endless
Energy
Enjoy
Enlightened
Enthusiasm
Essence
Experience
Faith
Fate
Fire
Flying
Football
Forgiven
Give Me Strength
God Bless You
God is With You Always
Grace from Heaven
Guan Gong
Guardian
Guestbook
Happy Buddha
Harmony
Have Faith in God
Heart
Heart Mind and Soul
Hope
Independent Spirit
Inner Strength
Justice
Kajukenbo
Kenshin
Life Energy Spiritual
Live Without Regrets
Lonely
Lotus Sutra
Love With All My Heart
Love You Always
Luck
Miya
Namo Amitabha Buddha
Ninja
No Pain
Open Mind
Panda Bear
Peaceful Warrior
Qian
Qiang
Respect and Loyalty
Right Mindfulness
Samurai
Scholar
Self-Denial
Sherry
Shinigami
Soldier
Spirit
Spring
Superman
Sword
Taekwondo
Teach
The Way of the Samurai
The Way of the Sword
Tiger
Tranquil
Undaunted
Warrior
Water Dragon
Wedding
Wind
Wisdom Intellect Reason
Wolf
Yellow Dragon
Zazen

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


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