Ancient and modern

Yidege, a Chinese ink shop, was founded by Xie Songdai, an imperial examination candidate from Anhui, in 1865 (the fourth year of Tongzhi reign in the Qing Dynasty). The name derived from a couplet praising Chinese ink. The special quality ink it deals in is shiny and water-resistant, making for smooth writing and drying quickly. It does not blot or fade, thus facilitating mounting. With a moderate viscosity, it is fragrant and suitable for all seasons. Currently Yidege sells the following products: Yuntouyan Ink, Yidege Ink, Zhonghua Ink, Beijing Ink, and Babao ink paste. (by Zhu Kai)