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Wang Xizhi (王羲之) was a famous Chinese calligrapher. One of the most celebrated calligraphers in Chinese history, he is said be the exemplar of the high art of calligraphy, a master of every form but particularly of the running script (xingshu Chinese “行書”). Born in Linqin county in Shandong province, he lived in present-day Shaoxing, Zhejiang, most of his life. None of his original works remain today.
His most famous work is the "Preface to the Poems Composed at the Orchid Pavilion" (Chinese: 蘭亭序; Hanyu Pinyin: Lán Tíng Xù), the preface of a collection of poems written by a number of poets when gathering at Lan Ting near the town of Shaoxing in Zhejiang for the Spring Purification Festival). The original is lost, but there is a number of fine tracing copies and rubbings.
Wang Xizhi is particularly remembered for one of his hobbies - rearing geese.