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Traditional Stationary

Traditional Chinese stationery is more popularly known in this country as ‘Four Treasures of the Study’, namely, writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper. Through the ages the Chinese have developed unique techniques for the making of these “treasures”, resulting in countless products with superb quality and distinct local styles. Among the more famous products are xuan paper produced in Jingxian County, Anhui Province; Huizhou-style ink sticks in Shexian County, Anhui Province; writing brushes in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province; and ink slabs produced in Zhaoqing of Guangdong Province, Shexian County of Anhui Province, Wuyuan of Jiangxi Province. Famous ink slabs include those made in Shandong Province and by the Taohe River of Gansu Province, and Helan stone. Among all the souvenirs available on the Chinese market, the ‘Four Treasures of the Study’ are a fitting symbol of traditional Chinese culture.

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