Engraving past and present on Shanghai's Liyuan Road

Xiang Wenjun, 48, has been a seal carver for nearly 30 years. For him, seal carving is not only a job, but also a lifelong pursuit.

Filmed by Ma Xuefeng. Edied by Xiang Ying. Translated by Wang Xinzhou. Polished by Andy Boreham.

Xiang Wenjun, 48, has been a seal carver for nearly 30 years. For him, seal carving is not only a job, but also a lifelong pursuit.

As the owner of a small shop on Liyuan Road, Xiang now makes various kinds of seals for enterprises and individuals. In his leisure time, he also carves some seals for himself. He has collected many stones, and each one has a different use.

"As artists, we need to have an understanding and knowledge of characters and ancient Chinese customs. We need to honor traditions, while also creating new styles." Xiang said.

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