Ouyang Xun of the southern kingdom of Chen was one of the chief Tang dynasty proponents of the Wang Xizhi (circa 303-361) writing tradition. He was employed by Tang Taizong (reigned 627-650) in the Department for the Propagation of Literacy (Hongwen Guan) to teach standard script (kai shu) to the nobility. Although Ouyang Xun was a very versatile calligrapher, he excelled at standard script. The Huadusi Stele is considered one of the best representations of Ouyang Xun's kai shu. The inscription is a memorial composed by the Tang dynasty author Li Baiyao dedicated to the eminent Chan monk and teacher Yong. The monument on which the engraving was carved was erected in 621 and placed next to the stupa housing the monk's relics near the ancient capital of Chang'an.
Li Zhonghan of Lingchuan was one of the greatest collectors of rubbings during the middle Qing period. Among the many rubbings of which he owned the only known example, were four famous rubbings, now in Japan; the Mengfazhi bei, Kongzi Miaotang bei, Qifasi bei and Shancaisi bei. This album of the Huadusi bei was one of the ten best in Li Zhonghan's collection. It is also one of the five most famous rubbings of the work. Although the rubbing is not the original, it dates to the Song dyansty. This album was also part of the family collections of Lu Gong of the Qing and has colophons by Lu Shen and Hu Zan.