The name of this series stems from Zhuangzi’s leisurely travels (xiaoyaoyou). Zhuangzi says that the book Qi Xie records the weird and eccentric. Therefore those who find fun in hills and mountains bestow their sentiments upon the landscape, and seek pleasure in it. The Chinese has a special preference to hills and rivers. To entrust your feelings to the hills and rivers is to be immersed in nature. In other words, for each Chinese intellectual, there lives in the bottom of his heart unique rivers and hills. In this series, I hope to express his unnamed sentiments by depicting the hills and rivers in his own heart and imagination. To put it another way, the curious hills and landscapes on the canvas are the broad reflection of my frame of mind, solitude and memories, while the details and bizarre life forms on the painting an emblem of the sense of absurdity at the bottom of the artist’s heart. Is existence vain? Does it mean anything? Is our sense of existence enshrined in the long river of time and in the lofty tower built of experiences and memories? Or is the human race fleeing towards an unknown imagined future world? And is the price of escape the abandonment of the current world? Or…or maybe the erudite you believe that I have strayed from the point? However, the questions above are the rudimentary reasons for my work “Qi Xie Shan Zhi”. Strange life forms live in dark and high mountains. They live incommunicado and relate a fairytale attributable to no age, no race and no nation. They live happily and lonely because they reside in my dreams.