This pixiu (a lion-shaped beast from Chinese mythology which is believed to turn calamities into blessings) is made of abalone shells from Dalian of Liaoning, China and Australia, finished jewelry and gold. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Shell carving, a cultural heritage originating from Dalian in Liaoning province, is rejuvenating the craft by incorporating modern artistic techniques.
In order to better protect and preserve the intangible cultural heritage, the Xinzhaizi community of Dalian's Ganjingzi district established an art gallery with Jin Ashan, a master of Chinese arts and crafts as well as a representational successor of shell carving
It is open to the public free of charge, and invites artists from various areas to visit, participate through exchanges and carry out training activities.[ Editor: SRQ ]