Liu Yian-Tao was born in Gong County, Henan in the Qing Dynasty and died in Yungho, Taiwan. He once worked as a member of the Control Yuan. He assisted Yu Youren in the drafting and revision of the standard Cursive Script ten times. He authored the book "General Introduction of Cursive Script " and was a member of the Seven Friends Painting Association.
This traditional Chinese painting of the Alishan Sacred Tree is well preserved. The Sacred Tree painted in ink stands tall with a giant trunk. In the bottom-left corner, there is an elderly man dressed in white. It would appear that Liu Yian-Tao painted himself in the painting in order to contrast the amazing height of the Sacred Tree. The forests on the slope behind the tree was painted in light ink. In the upper-right corner, there is a phrase in calligraphy detailing the tree's height.
This audio guide is made by National Taiwan Library. Docent: Chen Yu-Jung (陳毓容)