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Artisan’s homage to China’s cultural heritages

Yu Youhong has dedicated his life to the “Three Carvings in Wuyuan,” one of China’s national intangible cultural heritages.

Yu came from a family of craftsmen and, at the age of 16, he learnt the craft from his master, mastering its foundations within five years.

“The Emperor’s Hunt” is a wood carving by state-level wood carving successor Yu. More than 50 intricate figures and 30 birds and animals decorate the wood carving that is less than 3 square meters wide. Such a feat highlights Yu’s fine workmanship.

Yu is also devoted to restoring ancient buildings in his hometown. With a team of woodcarvers, Yu has recreated hundreds of buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

“We should pass down the carving techniques taught by our ancestors,” says Yu, who has been imparting skills to his disciples for more than 20 years. “With our carvings, we hope to restore the glory of ancient architecture.”


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