The Characteristic of Chinese Lingnan Penjing

May 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Style


What is Lingnan penjing? What are there in Lingnan penjing that are so different from other penjing schools?  What is  the “Grow and Clip” method?  These are the topics Teacher Wong talked about in my first Lingnan penjing class two years ago, and now I would like to share with you part of the content in my Lingnan penjing 101 class (you can also find this in the official website of Institute of Lingnan Penjing, Hong Kong which I am busy working on now).

Spring from the Mother Nature, Exceed the Mother Nature

Chinese Lingnan penjing embraces the Mother Nature. While it imitates the fascinating scenery in the nature, it is not bounded by any rule or formula. Because of its ability to associate its audiences with the beauty and majesty of the Mother Nature in a merely small pot, Lingnan penjing is praised as an art that “Spring from the Mother Nature, Exceed the Mother Nature” (源於自然,超於自然).

Convey Messages and Thoughts through Comprised Style and Ambiance

Lingnan penjing is not only about the outer beauty. Every penjing has its own unique ambiance and mood. When viewing a Lingnan penjing, one should savor the messages and emotions that the Lingnan penjing artist is trying to express.

Prune Trees with “Grow and Clip” Method

Lingnan penjing artists prune trees with the “Grow and Clip” method. Instead of bending by wires, the branches are kept being clipped as they grow. Every clipping creates a new turn and a new session on the branch, and in every session, there grows new branches. Eventually, as the tree keeps growing and being pruned by this particular method, it will taper from the base to the apex, the proportions between the trunk and branches will be greatly developed, with branches full of turns and twists.


If you are interested in knowing more about the other schools of penjing, I would recommend you to check out this page in Phoenix Bonsai Society’s website which talks many different penjing schools in details.

2 Comments to “The Characteristic of Chinese Lingnan Penjing”

  1. juwaski says:

    Lingnan penjing prune trees with the “Grow and Clip” method….
    will always keep the trees healthy and easy to the excellence zone with great ramification….

    I prefer natural style… Natural always comes with beauty….
    because the law of attraction is a law of nature. It is as impartial and impersonal as the law of gravity is. It is precise, and it is exact. You have the power to choose anything, because you are the one who choose your thoughts and you are the one who feel your feelings….

    i choose natural style and i feel natural taste…..

    Chinese Lingnan penjing embraces the Mother Nature….

  2. John says:

    Nice article.
    keep on writing Sandy.

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