The story of the Thousand Character Classic (千子文) is that it was composed at the emperor’s orders of one thousand unique characters from the works of the great calligrapher Wang Xizhi (王羲之) and has served for centuries both as a text for the practice of calligraphy and as a repository of Chinese values. Just recently, a Kaiping dialect version of this text being read aloud was posted on Youtube.
I haven’t been keeping this blog up to date as often as I’d like to, but I will start again later this week. I hope you can enjoy this reading in the meantime. Many thanks to the support of the readers here!