Calligraphy is the quintessence of Chinese culture.Based on Chinese characters, calligraphy is restricted by rules such as the structure of the characters. All characters are written by way of fixed rules, patterns and order of strokes. Calligraphers can create a graceful work unhurriedly, and with a well-thought-out plan. Their works are novel in style and with many changes, but the characters they create according to the familiar rules are readable. So the viewer feels that the works are attractive, and are receptive to their inspiration and tease.
Thus, Chinese calligraphy has been widely welcomed among overseas students.
A Mexican student Miguel Villanueva wrote in his article: "My interest in Chinese language and culture started with calligraphy.What I was interested in the most is a book introducing the philosophical thought of Lao Zi. I was immediately attracted by those picturesque charac-ters on the book which I hadn't seen before. They are totally different from the Spanish letters we Mexican use. I thought they were ever changing and differed from each other, and yet there were always some connections among them. Chinese characters present the time-honored, unique and splendid culture to us by using different images.
Since then, I've developed strong interest in Chinese language and culture and determined to learn Chinese well as only by doing so, can I understand China's calligraphy and the Chinese culture it represents. I began to study Chinese when I was older and found that calligraphy required very high artistic techniques. It's very difficult to learn calligraphy, but I have been keeping practicing and my understanding about calligraphy and Chinese culture has been enhanced over time as my Chinese proficiency has been advanced. For my part, calligraphy, like a kind regard from distant China, calls me to explore into the profound mystery of Chinese culture."
And German and French exchange students also have a strong passion for Chinese Calligraphy.
In Hummersknott Academy Confucius Classroom from the Schools Network Confucius Institute (SSAT), new Chinese learners from Germany and France–German and French exchange students got their first contact with Chinese language and Chinese calligraphy. Students showed great enthusiasm in Chinese culture during their first contact with Chinese. Some of them even wanted to bring their calligraphy work back home. Both German and French teachers highly praised this Chinese cultural activity, and they hoped to have the opportunity to study Chinese later.