Zhang Fangping (1007-1091) was born in Suiyang (now Shangqiu, Henan). His family was poor, so he borrowed books and studied hard. In the first year of Jingyou (1034), Zhongmaocai was appointed magistrate of Kunshan County (now part of Jiangsu). He was also a virtuous and virtuous man named Fang Zhengke, who moved to Muzhou (now east of Jiande, Zhejiang) to be a general judge. He successively served as the Zhijianyuan, Zhigao, Kaifengfu, Hanlin Bachelor, Yushi Zhongcheng, Chuzhou (now Anhui), Jiangningfu (now Nanjing, Jiangsu), Hangzhou (now Zhejiang), Yizhou (now Chengdu, Sichuan) and other places Sir. During the Shenzong Dynasty, officials paid homage to political affairs (prime minister) and opposed the appointment of Wang Anshi and Wang Anshi's new law.

  Zhang Fangping has a heroic and upright character, and he has no subordinates in the government. Although he opposed the new law in his later years, he also had a different stance from Fan Zhongyan, Ouyang Xiu and others in his early years. But he is knowledgeable and generous. When he was guarding Xishu, he got to know Meishan Su Xun and his sons Su Shi and Su Zhe. He deeply valued them and actively promoted their reputation. He once recommended Su Shi as an admonisher. Later, Su Shi was falsely accused of writing poems and imprisoned. He was implicated, but he could still write a memorial to save people regardless of his personal safety, so Su Shi respected him throughout his life.

  He is the author of forty volumes of "The Complete Works of Music", and his ink writings include "Famous Tea Calligraphy".



Zhang Fangping's "Famous Tea Posts", running script. Paper, collected by the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Explanation: The virtuous man is here to serve me, and he has left Qiantang. I have some condolences now, and I am here to express my gratitude. I favor famous tea, and I am worthy of my shame. In the middle, I explain the new stove. I tell you to buy two of them now. I am lucky to send it to you. Fang Pingqi