Tianzhu Chopsticks, Hangzhou
It is a local specialty of Hangzhou. The history of production can be traced back to the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty. At that time, there were many people who went on a pilgrimage to Tianzhu and took a tour. When the locals lended meals to them, they cut solid Shuixin bamboos into chopsticks. Some of the pilgrims and tourists took the chopsticks back as remembrance after having meals with them. As time passes, the name of the Tianzhu chopsticks spread and become a commodity. The Tianzhu chopsticks have many specifications. It can be divided into ten and a half inches, ten inches, nine and a half inches, nine inches, and nine point four inches according to the length. It can be divided into three kinds according to the thickness. It has many methods of decoration. It has Buddha, landscape and inscription according to the pattern. It has aluminum, iron and bone, etc, according to the cover and inlaying materials.
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