Buy a wall scroll with your favorite Africa-related title in Chinese or Japanese.

  1. Africa
  2. Algeria
  3. Angola
  4. Anguilla
  5. Benin
  6. Botswana
  7. Burundi
  8. Cameroon
  9. Central Africa
10. Central African Republic
11. Chad
12. Comoros
13. Djibouti
14. Egypt
15. Ethiopia
16. Falkland Islands
17. Gabon
18. Gambia
19. Ghana
20. Guinea
21. Kenya
22. Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature
23. Lesotho
24. Liberia
25. Madagascar
26. Malawi
27. Mali
28. Mauritania
29. Mauritius
30. Morocco
31. Mozambique
32. Namibia
33. Niger
34. Nigeria
35. Rwanda
36. Senegal
37. Seychelles
38. Sierra Leone
39. Somalia
40. South Africa
41. Sudan
42. Swaziland
43. Tanzania
44. Togo
45. Uganda
46. Zambia
47. Zimbabwe

Africa

China ā fēi lì jiā
Africa

阿非利加 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name África

Africa

China fēi zhōu
Africa

非洲 is the Chinese name for the continent of Africa

Algeria

China ā ěr jí lì yà
Algeria

阿爾及利亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Algeria

Angola

China ān gē lā
Angola

安哥拉 is the Chinese name for the country of Angola

Anguilla

China ān guī lā dǎo
Anguilla

安圭拉島 is the Chinese name for Anguilla (overseas territory of the United Kingdom).

Benin

China bèi níng
Benin

貝寧 is the Chinese name for the country of Benin

Botswana

China bó cí wǎ nà
Botswana

博茨瓦納 is the Chinese name for the country of Botswana

Burundi

China bù lóng dí
Burundi

布隆迪 is the Chinese name for the country of Burundi

Cameroon

China kā mài lóng
Cameroon

喀麥隆 is the Chinese name for the country of Cameroon

Central Africa

Japan chuuou a fu ri ka
Central Africa

This is Central Africa written in Japanese.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Katakana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Central African Republic

China zhōng fēi gòng hé guó
Central African Republic

中非共和國 is the Chinese name for the country of the Central African Republic

Chad

China zhà dé
Chad

乍得 is the Chinese name for the country of Chad.

Comoros

China kē mó luó
Comoros

科摩羅 is the Chinese name for the country of Comoros

Djibouti

China jí bù tí
Djibouti

吉布提 is the Chinese name for the country of Djibouti

Egypt

China āi jí
Egypt

埃及 is the Chinese name for the country of Egypt.

Note: Egypt rests partially in Asia and Africa.


See Also:  Asia

Ethiopia

China āi sài é bǐ yà
Ethiopia

埃塞俄比亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Ethiopia

Falkland Islands

China fú kè lán qún dǎo
Falkland Islands

福克蘭群島 is the Chinese name for the Falkland Islands (overseas territory of the United Kingdom).


See Also:  Great Britain | United Kingdom

Gabon

China jiā péng
Gabon

加蓬 is the Chinese name for the country of Gabon

Gambia

China gāng bǐ yà
Gambia

岡比亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Gambia

Ghana

China jiā nà
Ghana

加納 is the Chinese name for the country of Ghana

Guinea

China jī ní
Guinea

基尼 is the Chinese name for the country of Guinea

Kenya

China kěn ní yà
Kenya

肯尼亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Kenya

Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature

China qí lǐn
HK keilun
Japan kirin
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature

麒麟 is the title of a mythical beast of Asia.

The animal is thought to be related to the giraffe, and in some ways, it is a giraffe. However, it is often depicted with the horns of a dragon or deer and sometimes with the body like a horse but many variations exist.

In Japanese it is pronounced "Kirin" as in "Kirin Ichiban" beer.

Kirin - Mythical Beast and Great Japanese Beer!
Notes:

1. 麒麟 is sometimes spelled as "kylin".

2. In Japanese, this is the only Kanji word for giraffe. Therefore in Japan, this word needs context to know whether you are talking about the mythical creature or the long-necked giraffe of Africa.

3. Apparently, this was the first word used for regular giraffes in China (some were brought from Africa to China during the Ming Dynasty - probably around the year 1400). Though the mythical creature may have existed before, the name "qilin" was given to the "new giraffe". 麒麟 is because, more than 600 years ago, giraffes somewhat matched the mythical creature's description when Chinese people saw them for the first time. Later, to avoid such an ambiguous title, a three-character word was devised to mean a "giraffe of Africa". The characters for "qilin" shown here are only for the mythological version in modern Chinese.

4. More information about the qilin / kirin from Wikipedia.

5. This creature is sometimes translated as the "Chinese Unicorn", even though it is generally portrayed with two horns. I think this is done more for the fantasy aspect of the unicorn and because most westerners don't know what a qilin or kirin is (this avoids a long explanation by the translator).

6. In Korean, this can mean kirin or simply giraffe (usually the mythological creature is what they would think of when seeing these characters alone on a wall scroll).

Lesotho

China lái suǒ tuō
Lesotho

萊索托 is the Chinese name for the country of Lesotho

Liberia

China lì bǐ lǐ yà
Liberia

利比里亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Liberia.

Madagascar

China mǎ dá jiā sī jiā
Madagascar

馬達加斯加 is the Chinese name for the country of Madagascar

Malawi

China mǎ lā wéi
Malawi

馬拉維 is the Chinese name for the country of Malawi

Mali

China mǎ lǐ
Mali

馬里 is the Chinese name for the country of Mali

Mauritania

China máo lǐ tǎ ní yà
Mauritania

毛里塔尼亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Mauritania.

Mauritius

China máo lǐ qiú sī
Mauritius

毛里求斯 is the Chinese name for the country of Mauritius.

Morocco

China mó luò gē
Morocco

摩洛哥 is the Chinese name for the country of Morocco

Mozambique

China mò sāng bǐ kè
Mozambique

莫桑比克 is the Chinese name for the country of Mozambique

Namibia

China nà mǐ bǐ yà
Namibia

納米比亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Namibia

Niger

China ní rì ěr
Niger

尼日爾 is the Chinese name for the country of Niger

Nigeria

China ní rì lì yà
Nigeria

尼日利亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Nigeria

Rwanda

China lú wàng dá
Rwanda

盧旺達 is the Chinese name for the country of Rwanda

Senegal

China sāi nèi jiā ěr
Senegal

塞內加爾 is the Chinese name for the country of Senegal

Seychelles

China sài shé ěr qún dǎo
Seychelles

塞舌爾群島 is the Chinese name for the country of Seychelles

Sierra Leone

China sài lā lì áng
Sierra Leone

塞拉利昂 is the Chinese name for the country of Sierra Leone

Somalia

China suǒ mǎ lǐ
Somalia

索馬里 is the Chinese name for the country of Somalia.

South Africa

China nán fēi
South Africa

南非 is the Chinese name for the country of South Africa

South Africa

Japan minami a fu ri ka
South Africa

南アフリカ is South Africa in Japanese.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Katakana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Sudan

China sū dān
Sudan

蘇丹 is the Chinese name for the country of Sudan

Swaziland

China sī wēi shì lán
Swaziland

斯威士蘭 is the Chinese name for the country of Swaziland

Tanzania

China tǎn sāng ní yà
Tanzania

坦桑尼亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Tanzania

Togo

China duō gē
Togo

多哥 is the Chinese name for the country of Togo

Uganda

China wū gān dá
Uganda

烏干達 is the Chinese name for the country of Uganda

Zambia

China zàn bǐ yà
Zambia

贊比亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Zambia

Zimbabwe

China jīn bā bù wéi
Zimbabwe

津巴布韋 is the Chinese name for the country of Zimbabwe


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Africa阿非利加ā fēi lì jiā
a1 fei1 li4 jia1
a fei li jia
afeilijia
a fei li chia
afeilichia
Africa非洲fēi zhōu / fei1 zhou1 / fei zhou / feizhoufei chou / feichou
Algeria阿爾及利亞
阿尔及利亚
ā ěr jí lì yà
a1 er3 ji2 li4 ya4
a er ji li ya
aerjiliya
a erh chi li ya
aerhchiliya
Angola安哥拉ān gē lā
an1 ge1 la1
an ge la
angela
an ko la
ankola
Anguilla安圭拉島
安圭拉岛
ān guī lā dǎo
an1 gui1 la1 dao3
an gui la dao
anguiladao
an kuei la tao
ankueilatao
Benin貝寧
贝宁
bèi níng / bei4 ning2 / bei ning / beiningpei ning / peining
Botswana博茨瓦納
博茨瓦纳
bó cí wǎ nà
bo2 ci2 wa3 na4
bo ci wa na
bociwana
po tz`u wa na
potzuwana
po tzu wa na
Burundi布隆迪bù lóng dí
bu4 long2 di2
bu long di
bulongdi
pu lung ti
pulungti
Cameroon喀麥隆
喀麦隆
kā mài lóng
ka1 mai4 long2
ka mai long
kamailong
k`a mai lung
kamailung
ka mai lung
Central Africa中央アフリカchuuou a fu ri ka
chuuouafurika
chuo a fu ri ka
chuoafurika
Central African Republic中非共和國
中非共和国
zhōng fēi gòng hé guó
zhong1 fei1 gong4 he2 guo2
zhong fei gong he guo
zhongfeigongheguo
chung fei kung ho kuo
chungfeikunghokuo
Chad乍得zhà dé / zha4 de2 / zha de / zhadecha te / chate
Comoros科摩羅
科摩罗
kē mó luó
ke1 mo2 luo2
ke mo luo
kemoluo
k`o mo lo
komolo
ko mo lo
Djibouti吉布提jí bù tí
ji2 bu4 ti2
ji bu ti
jibuti
chi pu t`i
chiputi
chi pu ti
Egypt埃及āi jí / ai1 ji2 / ai ji / aijiai chi / aichi
Ethiopia埃塞俄比亞
埃塞俄比亚
āi sài é bǐ yà
ai1 sai4 e2 bi3 ya4
ai sai e bi ya
aisaiebiya
ai sai o pi ya
aisaiopiya
Falkland Islands福克蘭群島
福克兰群岛
fú kè lán qún dǎo
fu2 ke4 lan2 qun2 dao3
fu ke lan qun dao
fukelanqundao
fu k`o lan ch`ün tao
fukolanchüntao
fu ko lan chün tao
Gabon加蓬jiā péng / jia1 peng2 / jia peng / jiapengchia p`eng / chiapeng / chia peng
Gambia岡比亞
冈比亚
gāng bǐ yà
gang1 bi3 ya4
gang bi ya
gangbiya
kang pi ya
kangpiya
Ghana加納
加纳
jiā nà / jia1 na4 / jia na / jianachia na / chiana
Guinea基尼jī ní / ji1 ni2 / ji ni / jinichi ni / chini
Kenya肯尼亞
肯尼亚
kěn ní yà
ken3 ni2 ya4
ken ni ya
kenniya
k`en ni ya
kenniya
ken ni ya
Kirin
Giraffe
Mythical Creature
麒麟kirinqí lǐn / qi2 lin3 / qi lin / qilinch`i lin / chilin / chi lin
Lesotho萊索托
莱索托
lái suǒ tuō
lai2 suo3 tuo1
lai suo tuo
laisuotuo
lai so t`o
laisoto
lai so to
Liberia利比里亞
利比里亚
lì bǐ lǐ yà
li4 bi3 li3 ya4
li bi li ya
libiliya
li pi li ya
lipiliya
Madagascar馬達加斯加
马达加斯加
mǎ dá jiā sī jiā
ma3 da2 jia1 si1 jia1
ma da jia si jia
madajiasijia
ma ta chia ssu chia
matachiassuchia
Malawi馬拉維
马拉维
mǎ lā wéi
ma3 la1 wei2
ma la wei
malawei
Mali馬里
马里
mǎ lǐ / ma3 li3 / ma li / mali
Mauritania毛里塔尼亞
毛里塔尼亚
máo lǐ tǎ ní yà
mao2 li3 ta3 ni2 ya4
mao li ta ni ya
maolitaniya
mao li t`a ni ya
maolitaniya
mao li ta ni ya
Mauritius毛里求斯máo lǐ qiú sī
mao2 li3 qiu2 si1
mao li qiu si
maoliqiusi
mao li ch`iu ssu
maolichiussu
mao li chiu ssu
Morocco摩洛哥mó luò gē
mo2 luo4 ge1
mo luo ge
moluoge
mo lo ko
moloko
Mozambique莫桑比克mò sāng bǐ kè
mo4 sang1 bi3 ke4
mo sang bi ke
mosangbike
mo sang pi k`o
mosangpiko
mo sang pi ko
Namibia納米比亞
纳米比亚
nà mǐ bǐ yà
na4 mi3 bi3 ya4
na mi bi ya
namibiya
na mi pi ya
namipiya
Niger尼日爾
尼日尔
ní rì ěr
ni2 ri4 er3
ni ri er
nirier
ni jih erh
nijiherh
Nigeria尼日利亞
尼日利亚
ní rì lì yà
ni2 ri4 li4 ya4
ni ri li ya
niriliya
ni jih li ya
nijihliya
Rwanda盧旺達
卢旺达
lú wàng dá
lu2 wang4 da2
lu wang da
luwangda
lu wang ta
luwangta
Senegal塞內加爾
塞内加尔
sāi nèi jiā ěr
sai1 nei4 jia1 er3
sai nei jia er
saineijiaer
sai nei chia erh
saineichiaerh
Seychelles塞舌爾群島
塞舌尔群岛
sài shé ěr qún dǎo
sai4 she2 er3 qun2 dao3
sai she er qun dao
saisheerqundao
sai she erh ch`ün tao
saisheerhchüntao
sai she erh chün tao
Sierra Leone塞拉利昂sài lā lì áng
sai4 la1 li4 ang2
sai la li ang
sailaliang
Somalia索馬里
索马里
suǒ mǎ lǐ
suo3 ma3 li3
suo ma li
suomali
so ma li
somali
South Africa南非nán fēi / nan2 fei1 / nan fei / nanfei
South Africa南アフリカminami a fu ri ka
minamiafurika
Sudan蘇丹
苏丹
sū dān / su1 dan1 / su dan / sudansu tan / sutan
Swaziland斯威士蘭
斯威士兰
sī wēi shì lán
si1 wei1 shi4 lan2
si wei shi lan
siweishilan
ssu wei shih lan
ssuweishihlan
Tanzania坦桑尼亞
坦桑尼亚
tǎn sāng ní yà
tan3 sang1 ni2 ya4
tan sang ni ya
tansangniya
t`an sang ni ya
tansangniya
tan sang ni ya
Togo多哥duō gē / duo1 ge1 / duo ge / duogeto ko / toko
Uganda烏干達
乌干达
wū gān dá
wu1 gan1 da2
wu gan da
wuganda
wu kan ta
wukanta
Zambia贊比亞
赞比亚
zàn bǐ yà
zan4 bi3 ya4
zan bi ya
zanbiya
tsan pi ya
tsanpiya
Zimbabwe津巴布韋
津巴布韦
jīn bā bù wéi
jin1 ba1 bu4 wei2
jin ba bu wei
jinbabuwei
chin pa pu wei
chinpapuwei
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.


All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


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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