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Olive kernel carving workshop

12 workshops in Zhouzhuang

The olive kernel carving workshop on Zhenfeng Cultural Street, Zhouzhuang [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Kernel carving is a Chinese folk handicraft in which the pits of peaches, apricots, olives, walnuts, and others are carved to create delicate designs, patterns, and pictures. Images of Buddha, natural landscapes, and Chinese zodiacs are crafted by Zhang, a master in the craft. Sadly, the practice is facing extinction due to very few people taking it up. It is craftsmen such as Zhang that are keeping the valuable tradition alive, and giving visitors a genuine chance to step back in time.