My warm-up is always calligraphy. I love the way the pictograms are combined to express different concepts. I have a few books that tell me what the symbols mean.
Bamboo is my favorite subject to paint. I have bamboo growing in my yard. We have some beautiful orchids, here in Hawaii, and sometimes I paint them. The classes I have taken have included some landscape painting, along with flowers and a little calligraphy, but I have not practiced landscapes with the Chinese brush much.
One sensational experience about painting is grinding the ink. The ink stick gives off wafts of wonderful eucalyptus-type smells when it is being ground and mixed with water on the ink stone.