Relics and heritages testify prosperous industries in ancient Quanzhou, now a World Heritage site
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Li Hao is a photographer covering China’s social transformation and its impact on different groups, such as migrant workers.

Li Hao
, Published: 2021/7/25 18:58:36
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Editor's Note:
Dehua county of Quanzhou in East China’s Fujian Province was a well-known center for porcelain production, which originated in Tang Dynasty (618-907). Its products, among which the most popular were white porcelain, were exported widely all over the world, from Southeast Asia to Africa.

The Xiaocaopu Iron Production Site of Qingyang Village in Anxi County, Quanzhou, presents well-reserved ironing plants that testify the exquisite iron production process.

The thriving porcelain and iron industries lay a solid foundation for Quanzhou to be a world ocean trade center during Song and Yuan dynasties. (Photos: Li Hao/GT)

The site of the Xiaocaopu Iron Production Site of Qingyang Village in Anxi county, Quanzhou Photo: Li Hao/GT
The site of the Xiaocaopu Iron Production Site of Qingyang Village in Anxi county, Quanzhou Photo: Li Hao/GT
The site of Weilin-Neiban kiln Photo: Li Hao/GT
Photo: Li Hao/GT
The site of Weilin-Neiban kiln Photo: Li Hao/GT
A resident worships a kiln god in a temple in Dehua county.Photo: Li Hao/GT
Zulong Palace, a “sacred” temple where the porcelain practitioners worship the kiln god Photo: Li Hao/GT
Tourists visit a porcelain export company in Dehua county. A large proportion of exported Dehua porcelains nowadays are those in the shapes of Disney or Marvel characters.Photo: Li Hao/GT
The site of Qudougong kiln Photo: Li Hao/GT
A porcelain statue of Wenchang Dijun, a Taoist deity in Chinese mythology, made by a porcelain master in Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) Photo: Li Hao/GT
A tourist appreciates porcelain at a museum. Photo: Li Hao/GT
Tourists appreciate the Dehua porcelain at a museum. Photo: Li Hao/GT
A light show at “The capital of porcelain” square at Dehua county, Quanzhou Photo: Li Hao/GT
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