Chinese Calabash Girls

 /   /  By Emma Birches
Stone Soup Magazine
April 2019

By Ziqing Peng

Chinese Calabash I, Chinese ink, watercolors, and calabash



Chinese Calabash II, Chinese ink, watercolors, and calabash


On my second calabash, I drew a Chinese poem written by Wang Anshi, a famous prime minister of the Northern Song Dynasty. The poem describes the Spring Festival in ancient China. Here is the poem in Chinese and its translation in English.

Spring Festival Eve
by Wang Anshi (1021-1086)
Written during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)


Firecrackers are shouting goodbye to the last year,
In warm spring breeze people drink tusu wine.
Thousands of households greet the bright rising sun,
Replacing each couplet on the door with a new one.


Chinese Calabash Girls Ziqing Peng

Ziqing Peng, 10
Nanjing, China



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