Wow, after the discovery of xuan paper (宣纸）based on the recommendation of a pen friend I met at our "drug" supplier of choice, I had to find out more since I am currently stationed in Shanghai.
So here's what I found. There are basically 3 types of rice paper or xuan paper. The raw, the cooked and the semi, or the half way in between. The one that's really interesting for our purposes is the cooked xuan paper. It was originally developed for realistic and precision techniques of painting which required very controlled strokes of the brush. The treated surface does not allow the ink to spread. This is VERY different than the raw or the semi raw which is designed to primarily promote smearing, feathering the bleed through which gives a very impressionistic image.
What's interesting for us fountain pen community is the（熟宣）or cooked paper. It has the texture of french laid paper but because of the treated surface is is IDEAL for fountain pen writing. Very controlled, in fact giving very beautiful line variation to Chinese "hard pen" or fountain pen calligraphy.
Attached is my terrible attempt at 硬笔书法 or fountain pen Chinese writing. The pens I used are fine nibs from Montblanc, the FM nib from the Pilot Justus and also the fine Aurora Sigaro. The notebook is a pre-bound book bought from Taobao while in Shanghai and it's extremely cheap. The paper within already comes with these vertical red printed columns and is perfect for this type of Chinese writing. It also comes in loose pages with no lines. Some of these do have interesting finishes on it like silver sparkles or embedded gold leaf strewn across randomly on the page.
Here's more information about the unique properties if you want to know more. https://en.wikipedia...wiki/Xuan_paper
Edited by gerigo, 26 February 2017 - 08:12.