The use of light ink to depict the hills and remote mountains was to present the misty and dreamlike Dayu Mountain. Chang applied the wash to creat a sense of wet atmosphere.
The painting depicts a poetic scene in the Dayu Mountain in Taiwan. The colophon in this painting was inspired by a famous Ming dynasty literati painter--Dong Qichang (or Dong Xiangguang as used by Chang). This colophon implies a literati painting tradition of "in painting there is poetry, and in poetry there is painting" since Tang dynasty.
This L-shaped composition uses soft yet bright colors to depict a curving road through rolling green mountains covered with the varing red tones of autumn trees. A solitary figure sits in a pavillion, and the scene is obscured by wisps of white clouds.
This landscapes is painted in the style of literati, an enduring tradition that for the most part shaped the artistic forms of landscapes painted by traditionally educated men for centuries. This image is a 'landscape of the mind,' depicting the inner world of the artist rather than an external reality. The only figure is a solitary scholar alone in a hut.