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2020/7/18 23:10:06   source:chinadaily.com.cn

A sheet of gold leaf made at a workshop of Nanjing Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory in Jiangsu province, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Shining, sparkling and shimmering.

People can never stop being fascinated by gold and its bold color. And gold leaf was invented to give sculptures, paintings, clothes and even food a glamorous look.

Wang Bisheng, a 68-year-old craftsman, has been specializing in hammering gold leaf since 1973.

As the craft has been listed as a national intangible cultural heritage, Wang also became an inheritor of the gold leaf hammering in 2009.

According to Wang, hand-made gold leaf is much softer with a better shape compared to the ones made by widely used machines.

He returned to his former unit Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory after retirement to train young craftsman to carry on the traditional profession. 

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