Shanghai Standouts

Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions launched a project to single out front-line workers whose expertise, professionalism and spirit are helping the city achieve its goal of becoming a hub of innovation and a center for the Made in China 2025 campaign. Those honored represent a wide variety of vocations, including industry, horticulture, sports, arts and crafts, education, design and charity work.
Lifestyle

Needles and a good eye for fabric repair

Lu Zihao, 39, a master of darning in Shanghai, has won prizes for his skills in national competitions. He has been honored as an outstanding worker in the city.
Lifestyle

On the high seas, modern fisherman hauls in the catches

Jin Weiguo spends six to eight months every year in western and central Pacific Ocean. His contributions to the Chinese tuna-fishing fleet earned him a "Shanghai Standout" honor.
Lifestyle

Herbalist a master of precision

When it comes to medicinal herbs, Wu Hao, a traditional Chinese medicine pharmacist, is extremely meticulous.
Art & Culture

A deft hand at retouching life's keepsakes

Chen Linxing is an "old master" – one of only a handful of people in Shanghai who know how to retouch photos with pencils and brushes.
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Mr fixit and his trusty toolkit

Wiring faulty? Pipes leaking? Here's a man you can depend on to repair household breakdowns. While many plumbers have left the trade, he remained steadfast in his devotion to duty.
Art & Culture

Master craftsman gives a touch of shine to antique furniture

Ma Rugao has spent decades perfecting the art of repairing antique furniture at the Shanghai Museum. Yet, strangely, he doesn't own a single piece of antique himself.   
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Keeping up appearances in the afterlife

Xu Jun, a mortician at the Baoxing Parlor in northeast Shanghai's Hongkou District, is a real-life version of the main character in the Oscar-winning Japanese movie "Departures."
Art & Culture

Pastiche designs capture yesteryear

Gu Jun has been working in the field of ancient gardens and buildings for almost 40 years, after starting as a humble mason.
Art & Culture

Giving ancient books, documents new life

Book bindings and manuscript pages are vulnerable to the ravages of time. Ensuring that the classics of the past are not lost is the job of Zhang Pinfang.
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Tracking down clues to help solve crimes

Enter Cai Nengbin, 50, a police officer and senior engineer who has spent nearly a quarter century tracking down those minute traces.
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