Residence of Wang Xizhi

Residence of Wang Xizhi

Located at east Xiyanchi Street, Lanshan District, Linyi city, east China’s Shandong Province, the Residence of Wang Xizhi was rebuilt in 1989. Occupying an area of about 53,333㎡, the residence consists of several sites involving exhibition hall of Wang Xizhi, exhibition hall of Wang Xianzhi, Zhiyong exhibition hall, exhibition hall of calligraphy history, goose pond, and so on.

Wang Xizhi (303-361), a well-known calligrapher of Eastern Jin Dynasty whose style (the taken name by which a man is sometimes called in ancient China) was Yishao, was born in Langya (namely Linyi in Shandong Province now) and moved to Shanyin (namely Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province now) later. For his far-reaching influence on the development of Chinese calligraphy, Wang Xizhi has been reputed as the Calligraphy Sage. Besides, his son Wang Xianzhi was an excellent inheritor of calligraphy.

With his rich diversity of calligraphy styles, Wang’s masterpieces have been legendary since they were created, among which the best known are running script Lan Ting Xu (Preface of the Orchid Pavilion), formal script Huang Ting Jing and Le Yi Lun, and cursive script Shi Qi Tie. Particularly, Lan Ting Xu, the representative work of Wang XiZhi, has been reputed to be the World’s Number One Xing Calligraphy.

For their outstanding contributions in Chinese calligraphy history, Wang Xizhi and his son Wang Xianzhi were hailed as Two Wang.