Semi-cursive script

Semi-cursive script
Lanting P3rd.jpg
Script type
Time period
Han Dynasty to present
LanguagesOld Chinese, Middle Chinese, Modern Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean
Related scripts
Parent systems
Child systems
Regular script
Simplified Chinese
Chu Nom
Khitan script
Jurchen script
Tangut script
4E00–9FFF, 3400–4DBF, 20000–2A6DF, 2A700–2B734, 2F00–2FDF, F900–FAFF
 This article contains phonetic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. For the distinction between [ ], / / and ⟨⟩, see IPA § Brackets and transcription delimiters.
Semi-cursive script
Semi-Cur Eg.svg
Chinese characters of "Semi-cursive Script" in regular script (left) and semi-cursive script (right).
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese行書
Simplified Chinese行书
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese alphabet1. hành thư
2. chữ hành
Hán-Nôm1. 行書
2. 𡨸行
Korean name
Japanese name

Semi-cursive script (Chinese: 行書; pinyin: xíngshū) is a semi-cursive style of writing Chinese characters. Because it is not as abbreviated as cursive script, most people who can read regular script can read semi-cursive. It is useful when one wants to write quickly and is also a form of calligraphy.

Also referred to in English both as running script[1] and by its Hanyu Pinyin name, xíngshū, it is derived from clerical script, and was for a long time after its development in the 1st centuries AD the standard style of handwriting.

Some of the best examples of semi-cursive can be found in the works of Wang Xizhi (321–379) of the Eastern Jin Dynasty.


Semi-cursive script is a style of calligraphy which emerged in China during the Han dynasty. The style is used to write Chinese characters and is abbreviated slightly where a character’s strokes are permitted to be visibly connected as the writer writes, but not to the extent of the cursive style.[2] This makes the style easily readable by readers who can read regular script and quickly writable by calligraphers who require ideas to be written down quickly. One of the most notable calligraphers who used this style was Wang XiZhi.


  1. ^ Gao, James Z. (2009), Historical Dictionary of Modern China (1800–1949), Scarecrow Press, p. 41.
  2. ^ Satō, Shōzō; 佐藤, 昌三 (2013). Shodo : the quiet art of Japanese Zen calligraphy, the wisdom of Zen through traditional brush painting. Gengo Akiba Roshi, Shina Fujiwara, Alice Ogura Sato. Tokyo [Japan]. ISBN 978-1-4629-1188-2. OCLC 871319999.

External links

This page was last updated at 2021-05-14 01:39, update this pageView original page

All information on this site, including but not limited to text, pictures, etc., are reproduced on Wikipedia (wikipedia.org), following the . Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License


If the math, chemistry, physics and other formulas on this page are not displayed correctly, please useFirefox or Safari