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Ancient wood-cut toys still popular in Southern Shandong

Updated: 2015-08-11 07:00:00

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Fan Jimei, an inheritor of Tancheng wood-cut toys, cuts the wood with a traditional lathe, which is not commonly used in toy factories in Shandong province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Tancheng wood-cut toys are a traditional handicraft, originating in Southern Shandong province. Its long history is also rich in local flavor. In 2014, it was recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage.

In the villages near Tancheng, a county in Southern Shandong province, wood in different lengths and thickness is used for the building material. People cut out the shape of a toy with a lathe, and follow a succession of steps to polish, color and finish the item. The toys' pattern designs are inspired by local myths and folk tales.

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