Guardians of threatened traditions
Updated: 2014-07-15 09:22
Traditional Chinese trades and crafts are unique and represent a crucial part of Chinese culture. But as many young people turn to new lifestyles and modern shops, the future of time-honored stores faces a crisis with few customers. In the Internet age, maintaining these operations is more difficult than ever but those who hold on to the traditions are worthy of respect and admiration. They are the guardians of traditional crafts.
The owners of Yanfang Photo Studio, stand beside an old-fashioned camera in Guangzhou city, Guangdong province, May 21, 2014. Founded in 1912, the studio was once the biggest and most popular photographic studio in the city. [Photo/CFP]