Nat­u­ral cre­ations

Hainan cal­lig­ra­phers pen works to sup­port is­land’s en­vi­ron­ment

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CALIGRAPHY SPECIAL - By ZHUAN TI zhuanti@chi­

In early July, renowned cal­lig­ra­phers from Hainan gath­ered in the provin­cial cap­i­tal Haikou to present their newly cre­ated works for an en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paign called “in­creas­ing green­ness and pro­tect­ing the blue sky and wa­ter”.

The cam­paign echoes Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s ex­pec­ta­tions for the is­land prov­ince.

Xi paid a visit to Hainan in April, when he said the most pre­cious wealth for the trop­i­cal prov­ince is its healthy en­vi­ron­ment of green moun­tains, blue sky and wa­ter. He added he hopes lo­cal au­thor­i­ties will make con­tin­u­ous ef­forts to pro­tect the legacy and set an ex­am­ple of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment for the en­tire coun­try.

As early as 1999, Hainan was the first in China to pro­pose an eco-friendly prov­ince.

Over the past decade, the provin­cial govern­ment has in­vested an aver­age of 270 mil­lion yuan ($44 mil­lion) an­nu­ally in en­vi­ron­men­tal restora­tion. Other en­ti­ties funded an­other 26 bil­lion yuan from 1999 to 2012.

By the end of last year, forests cov­ered 61.5 per­cent of the is­land, ac­cord­ing to the provin­cial govern­ment’s work re­port re­leased ear­lier this year. It projects the fig­ure will in­crease to 62 per­cent by 2016.

Through their en­gage­ment, cal­lig­ra­phers hope to raise the pub­lic’s aware­ness of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion fur­ther.

Their artis­tic cre­ations in var­i­ous forms in­clud­ing po­ems, cou­plets and slo­gans praise the lo­cal achieve­ments and ex­press hope for an even bet­ter Hainan.

Cal­lig­ra­phers par­tic­i­pat­ing in­cluded Lu Zhiyuan, as­sis­tant to gover­nor of Hainan and head of Hainan Tourism De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion; Wang Yingji, vice-chair­man of the Hainan Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence and ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of China As­so­ci­a­tion of Cal­lig­ra­phers; Zhang Zuorong, head of the In­for­ma­tion Of­fice of Hainan; Wu Dong­min, vice-chair­man of China As­so­ci­a­tion of Cal­lig­ra­phers and chair­man of the Hainan As­so­ci­a­tion of Cal­lig­ra­phers; Chen Hong, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Hainan As­so­ci­a­tion of Cal­lig­ra­phers; and Zhang Wen­rui, vice-chair­man of the Hainan As­so­ci­a­tion of Cal­lig­ra­phers.

Zhiyuan An an­cient poem penned by Zhang Zuorong

by Wang

by Wu by Zhang Wen­rui

by Chen

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