Chinese calligraphy: A thing of the past?
27 August 2014 Last updated at 01:02 BST
Along with gunpowder and paper, many people in China consider the creation of calligraphy to be one of their primary contributions to civilisation.
But is Chinese handwriting becoming a relic of history?
As Celia Hatton reports from Beijing, many people there are forgetting how to write their own language.