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Translations of traditional Chinese writing

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Traditional Chinese is still used for a range of purposes in Hong Kong.

Traditional writing is China’s cultural heritage, and calligraphy has always held a special place in Chinese history. The sequence of brush strokes is very meaningful, reflecting Chinese culture in the same way that martial arts and theatrical or dance movements are grounded in the concept of the balance of all forces. Those who master the difficult art of traditional calligraphy are revered by their fellow Chinese.

If you have valuable documents written in traditional form that you would like to have translated, we have professionally trained translators available for you. All of our translators are native speakers with extensive language skills.

We can also translate Traditional Chinese documents into English (and other languages), including official records from China, such as birth certificates and professional licences.

Writing with traditional characters

The development of the traditional writing form is extremely complicated.

In early times, the brush was an essential writing tool. But depending on the writer’s level of skill, brush handwriting could be unreadable since only correct brush strokes could produce legible characters. Through the influence of foreign cultures, the use of other writing instruments took root in China. Ink pens, pencils and ballpoint pens replaced traditional writing since they made it possible to write faster and smaller.

Traditional Chinese today

Only a few people today have the traditional Chinese writing skills of the old masters, as a glance at historical documents demonstrates. Only those Chinese who attended school prior to the Cultural Revolution possess a deeper insight into the art of traditional writing.

Today, there is a tendency to view traditional writing as a symbol of education and one to be used in literary works and scientific texts.

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