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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Yanliang Walnut Carving

Yanliang walnut carving(阎良核雕) is a Han folk handicraft in Shaanxi Xi’an. Chinese walnut carving can be divided into two schools: north school and south school. Yanliang walnut carving belongs to the north Xi’an school. As the texture of walnut is hard and firm, carving knives are all made according to the experience of artists’ practice. Its exquisite carving skills and enduring artistic value fully reflects the remarkable ability of the working people and the ancient Han and artistic creativity.

As a Han Chinese civil walnut carving skills, process of Yanliang walnut carving is very complex. First preparation, and they need to choose the walnut with clear lines and good texture. Then the walnut should be cleaned and disinfected. Some of the walnut will be steamed so as to avoid it’s out of shape. Then take out its flesh and clean it, put it in shade place to dry it.

In next process, the artists would design the carving according to the liens and size of the walnut. Those experienced artists can begin to carve right now while the unexperienced ones should draw the outline with pencil first. During the carving process, the artists should focus his attention because any mistake would ruin the whole work.

During the carving process, in order to make the walnut lines more visible, they should use oil to wash it over and over again. In order to prevent infestation of work, after work it must be substantially shaped and dig the net with a fine needle. Then use sandpaper to polish meticulous molding works. This part of the available work is particularly important. After the invasion and then polished walnut with oil, a work that is considered successfully completed.

Yanliang walnut carving plays an important role in enriching people's cultural life, to build a harmonious society and promoting social development. Yanliang walnut carving shows the Chinese traditional craft with long, broad and deep features. Yanliang walnut carving is a rare treasure of Han Chinese art. Yanliang walnut carving also wins the love of friends abroad, which has strengthened international exchanges between national cultures.

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