Ancient stone writingsStone steles form the most permanent of records. Over the centuries they have been used as memorials, reference libraries, calligraphy samples and poems. The earliest examples date back 2,500 years and the characters remain understandable. Visitors to China will have seen these revered inscriptions in all sorts of locations: mountains, houses, parks and museums documenting the lives and feelings of people over the centuries. They are a powerful and permanent expression of the continuity of Chinese history.