Does anyone know what this says? (My apologies if it is not Chinese). enter image description here

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Beautiful scene of a lotus pond.

荷塘: lotus pond.

Source: http://baike.baidu.com/subview/1725417/7633674.htm

秀色: beautiful scene

Source: http://baike.baidu.com/subview/203608/8935087.htm

  • Thank you very much. Seems odd to write out what you are showing visually but that is great to know.
    – HLC
    Sep 28, 2014 at 21:38
  • Probably to show off the caligraghy. Sep 28, 2014 at 22:49
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    Chinese painting often incorporates calligraphy as part of the composition. It may be a poem, a couplet, or simply a short phrase about what is depicted.
    – monalisa
    Sep 28, 2014 at 23:45

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