Yangzhou is one of the most famous areas in China for jade production, and has a long history in the jade trade.
Over thousands of years, generations of jade craftsmen have been devoting themselves to carrying forward and innovating ancient traditional skills to create exquisite jade articles in various shapes and great quantities.
By the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, Yangzhou jade carving reached new heights, developing new skills in lattice-carving. Jade-carving reached its peak in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and Yanzhou became noted for making large jade pieces.
The jade carving industry gradually declined after 1840, and many artisans immigrated into Shanghai and Hong Kong. It was after the 1950s that this craft revived.