Datong Coal Carving, Datong
Datong is the second largest city in Shanxi, and is known as the coal capital because of the developed mining industry in the region. In the long history of dealing with coal, people in Datong not only burn coal for warm but have created an art out of it.
Coal carving originates in Datong city, Shanxi province. The raw material of coal carving is coal gangue. Coal carving as a new art first appeared in 1998. The themes involved in the coal carvings focus on Datong's culture taking the Big Buddha Statue, Bodhisattva, Hanging Temple, Yingxian Wooden Tower as its main expressions.
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