Seen more as an art than as a medium of written expression, the Chinese calligraphy has been an intrinsic element of the Chinese culture as well as other Asian peoples like the Japanese and Koreans.
Unlike its European counterpart, Chinese calligraphy is not bound by highly stylized and uniformity rules. In China, calligraphy is regarded as the highest achievement in expressive art and a revealer of the artist aptitudes and character. As writing Chinese characters requires a great deal of bodily and mental training, it is not surprising that Chinese calligraphers are regarded as the most skilled professionals.
Due to the calligraphic tradition in China, Chinese calligraphy has been developed throughout the ages adopted different, interchangeable and recognizable styles. Chronologically speaking, the styles are the seal script, the clerical script, the cursive script, the semi-cursive script and finally the regular script.
Today as in the past, a great part of the learning process of Chinese calligraphy is composed of copying the work of master calligraphers. As an example of what their studies entail, students must become proficient in the order of the brush strokes, the characteristic elements of Chinese characters, and even rhythm and balance.
Chinese calligraphy is prized as the single-most important element in Chinese culture and it is widely practiced throughout the Chinese territory in schools at all grades. Also Chinese university students may attend special classes to develop their calligraphy skills. Some even use such lessons as a source of meditation, thus improving their mental promptitude for their studies.