"Northern China centers around the activities of the Yellow River; southern China, the Yangtze. Northern China's sceneries are grand and somewhat monotonous: the yellow plateau, the Gobi desert, and a massive plain formed by the wash of several rivers. Big industrial cities have a similar outlook. Southern China is marked by grace and variety. Networks of waterways thread through layers of emerald green mountains and the people of the numerous settled farming villages speak dialects virtually incommunicable to the people in other villages."
- Excerpt from Ning Yeh's "Album of Chinese Brush Painting: 80 Paintings and Ideas."