Recent Relief project for a classical Chinese ancestral temple

These months we have been busy making relief plaques for the outside walls of a bigger-size traditional Chinese style building located in southern China’s Guangdong, which people call it Zong Ci in mandarin, but its function actually is beyond a temple, more like something for people from the same ancestor to meet and chat on a daily basis.

We are very happy to accept this big order. Relief carving is what we are best at. Our co-founder Haiwei had been working as a first line stone carver for more than 20 years before our company was officially registered. So we have zero tolerance of a carving of bad workmanship.

These relievo plates are of blue stone material. We carve it by hand using chisels and hammers and hand-held drills.

I will post some of them below. It’s suggested to zoom in in order to find the details of our craftsmanship.

You are welcome to visit us and have a cup of tea if you happen to travel in southeast China. Our town has a very beautiful sea view. I believe you will like it.

evan ZHANG Ya-ming
Chongwu Qian-an Industrial Zone, Jian-ming Stone Park
Hui'an, Quanzhou, Fujian 362131
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Statue of Mister 4 Knows, Guan-xi Conficius erected 清官典范东汉杨震石雕像落成了


Anyone knows some of this old gentleman of ancient China of between the 1st and 2nd century? His name was Bo-qi YANG Zhen, a well-learned scholar who went on to become Tai-Wei, almost the highest-ranking official in charge of military affairs in his dynasty of East Han.


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He has been known to the world as “ Guan-xi Confucius” and “ Mister of Four Knows”.

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“Guan-xi”, sounds like Japan’s Kansai, here meant west of the pass of TONG GUAN between Central China’s Henan and Northwest China’s Shanxi in today, where YANG Zhen grew up and spent most of his life as a teacher. He had frequently refused to become ennobled until at age 50.

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And “Four Knows” refers to heaven knows, gods know, I know and you know. It’s said when YANG Zhen passed by a county on the way to his new post, the head came and gave him a bag of gold to say thank you for recommendation of the year and saying in this room there were only you and me, none knew it. OK, you have already known what YANG Zhen replied then. It came the good name of “Mister Four Knows” as a model of a clean and honest official.

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On the 4.1 meters high steles full of Chinese characters, actually they are all the same word of “clean” in different writing styles.

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The 4.37 meters high statue of YANG Zhen was finished on this May 26th in our Chongwu-based carving factory and installed in Nan’an in east China’s Fujian, where YANG’S descendants moved and settled.

The material of statue is Granite G#654 and the base is rusty yellow stone.

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How come stone lantern appeared twice in 森海渡’s talent show The Brain

You won’t imagine what excitement and familiarity I had when I caught sight of the stone lantern twice in a 2-minute movie clip of introducing 森海渡 from University of Tokyo, known as Prince of IQ in 2016 Nihon No.1 King of Brain, who was challenging China’s YANG Yi, a post graduate of Tsinghua University, Beijing, for the title “King of the Brain” in 6th April’s The Brain, a scientific reality and talent show in China’s Nanking.最强大脑之燃烧吧大脑Super Brain-The Brain 2018-4-6国际赛最终战中日对决东京大学森海渡“最佳拼搏奖”

最强大脑 2018-4-6国际赛“IQ怪兽”森海渡1997年生东京大学法律系在读2016年《头脑王》8强

Figure 1 &2 are the screenshot of China’s television show “The Brain” Season 5 where Japan’s Prince of IQ 森海渡 reading before stone lantern.

Anteng Stone yard
Figure 3,4 and 5 are taken in our factory yard based in southeast China’s Huian county, the World Capital of Stone Carving.

Our carving factory has fabricated this specific kind of garden item for Japanese customers since 20 years ago. And those stone lanterns in the pictures have become part of our yard, not for sale.

I didn’t really know what it means to 森海渡, but for me, the stone lanterns give me peace of mind.Through them I communicate with nature and the sky.

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Last, feel free to contact Evan at 
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whenever you want an exquisitely-crafted stone lantern for your garden.

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Some pics of our stone carving factory this summer

Take some pictures of our southeast China-based stone carving factory in this summer, hoping you will like it, and you are very welcome to pay it a personal visit whenever you are in Xiamen China Stone Fair, Nan’an Shuitou Stone Expo and any cities in mainland China.

Visit or for an enquiry feel free to contact Evan:

Phone: 0086-13696940690
Skype: iStoneCarving
WeChat: changidea
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Stone Architectural Ornaments to be assembled

All photos are taken at our southeast China-based ANTENG GARDEN & ARCHITECTURAL DECOR. workshop of ARCHI STONE. Photographer: @惠安石雕张育明 Mr ZHANG Yuming, production manager.

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Black Stone Tea Board of your special taste

Our history of fabricating tea board in black stone can actually date back to 9 years ago and 7 years ago we opened our 1st shop on Alibaba’s Taobao.

Tea for Chinese is like coffee for the Westers. We offer a cup of tea when there is a visitor, a friend or a client. And a beautiful tea board makes a comfortable art scene. Our hand-carved stone tea board can serve both in the ourdoor garden and in the indoor reception room.

Let me take you a look at our stone tea board workshop in China’s Stone Carving Capital, my hometown Hui’an, Quanzhou across from Taiwan. I bet you will like it and if you want to buy one or to be our dealer feel free to contact Evan:

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Tomb sweeping Day in China

This year’s Qingming Festival falls on April 4. The 3-day-long holiday in China starts from Saturday April 2.

Qingming means Pure Brightness. Tomb sweeping is regarded as the most important custom in the Qingming Festival. Cleaning the tomb and paying respect to the dead person with offerings are the two important parts of remembering the past relatives. Weeds around the tomb are cleared away and fresh soil is added to show care of the dead. The dead person’s favourite food and wine are taken to sacrifice to them, along with paper resembling money. This is all burned in the hope that the deceased are not lacking food and money. Kowtow before the tablets set up for the dead are made.

Click on the link read more about Qingming Festival, one of  the two biggest festivals in China.

The following pictures were taken at our tombstone processing workshop in southeast China’s Hui’an county.

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18 meter high granite statue of the Mercy Goddess

Since I posted the photos of the carving process of the 18-meter-high Granite #603 sculpture of Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin Bodhisattva taken at our carving workshop in Hui’an in southeast China’s Fujian province it’s been almost one month. Today on January 6, 2016, we have a very happy completion. How sweet and kind and loving and wonderful she is!

18-meter G603 Guanyin Statue AT16162

18-meter G603 Guanyin Statue AT16163

Guanyin is an East Asian deity of mercy, and a bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by Mahayana Buddhists. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, which means “Perceiving the Sounds (or Cries) of the World”. She is also sometimes referred to as Guanyin Bodhisattva (Chinese: 觀音菩薩). Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the western pure land of Sukhāvatī.

Commonly known in English as the Mercy Goddess or Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin is also revered by Taoists as an immortal. In Chinese folk religion there are mythical accounts about Guanyin’s origins that are not associated with the Avalokiteśvara described in Buddhist sutras.

Bodhisattva Statue AT151012 HAND

Bodhisattva Statue AT151015 HAND

Bodhisattva Statue AT151022 FRONT

Bodhisattva Statue AT151021 SIDE

Bodhisattva Statue AT15109 SKIRT & FOOT

Bodhisattva Statue AT151025 LOTUS BASE

Names in Asian countries

  • Gwun Yam or Gun Yam in Cantonese, also Kwun Yam in Hong Kong or Kun Iam in Macau.
  • Kannon , occasionally Kan’on, or more formally Kanzeon, Kwannon, in Japanese.
  • Gwan-eum (Hangul: 관음) or Gwanse-eum (Hangul: 관세음) in Korean.
  • Kuan Im (Thai: กวนอิม), Phra Mae Kuan Im (Thai: พระแม่กวนอิม), or Chao Mae Kuan Im (Thai: เจ้าแม่กวนอิม) in Thai.
  • Kwan Yin Medaw (Burmese: ကွမ်ယင်မယ်တော်) in Burmese.
  • Quan Âm or Quán Thế Âm in Vietnamese. 
  • Kwan Im, Dewi Kwan Im, also called Mak Kwan Im “Mother Guanyin” in Indonesian.
  • Preah Mae Kun Ci Iem in Khmer.
  • Natha Deviyo (Sinhalese: නාථ දෙවියෝ) in Sinhalese.
  • Chenrézik in Tibetan.

figure of the Buddha AT201508114

figure of the Buddha AT201508116

The above two photos are taken of statue of Guanyin that we have already finished in one piece of granite in this August.

Feel free to contact Evan whenever you want a great quote for any figure statue in natural stone materials. We know how to ship to your place. Our factory is less than 2.5 hours drive to Xiamen port of loading.

  • ZHANG Yaming
  • Chongwu Qian-an Industrial Area, Jianming Stone Park, Hui’an, Fujian 362131 China
  • Phone: +86-13696940690
  • Fax: +86-595-87817605
  • Skype: iStoneCarving
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Hand-carved Granite Statues of Chinese zodiac animals

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year associated with an animal sign starting from the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, to pig. You may know this lunar callendar year is the Year of the Sheep. Then, 2016? Yes, it’s the Year of the Monkey. And 2027? Great, Sheep again.

It is believed in China that there has been some kind of relationship between human and the 12 zodiacal animals in the similar way like the western astrology signs.

Take me, I was born in the Year of the Pig. I am thought to be a person who is not afraid of difficulties and problems and tell no lies, but sometimes trusting, so easily falls in traps.

Some politicians born in the same zodiac year as me:
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Chiang Kai-shek

If you are curious about what you are like in Chinese zodiac click the following link

But top of all, let us know if you like our hand-carved granite Sheng Xiao animal statues.

Stone statues of antiqued Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty completed last night in our ANTENG factory in Hui’an, Quanzhou across from Taiwan island

Apart from the magnificent Great Wall, glorious Imperial Palace in Beijing and the exquisite Dunhuang Murals, there is another wonder in China that amazes the world — The Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty (221-206BC).

In March 1974, when a production team member of Xiyang Village, Lintong County, Shaanxi Province was digging a well, he stumbled upon the vault of the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qinshihuang, 1,500 meters east of the mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang. The discovery shocked the world. To date, three vaults have been found containing more than 8,000 chariots, horses and soldiers. The Vault One Museum has over 800 clay soldiers with an average height of 1.80 meters, looking powerful and lifelike, on display. Dozens of clay horses had also been discovered. It is estimated that about 6,000 pieces of soldiers and horses will be unearthed from the first vault. More than 1,000 pieces of clay soldiers and horses were also found in the second vault. Vault 3 contains a mixed group with different army units. The 8,000 soldiers can be divided into four categories according to the weapon they wielded, such as bows, arrows and crossbows. They were the guards of the mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang, China’s first emperor.

As a whole, the Terracotta Warriors create a magnificent and dignified atmosphere. The statues of generals are tall and strong, wearing armor. But the manner of the kneeling soldiers is the most complex. Judging from their face shapes, hairstyles and figures, one can guess the soldiers’ characters and regions of birth. With their ears perked up, some of the clay horses were depicted as neighing, while others are silent. Every piece of the sculptures is charming. Many people believed that Chinese ancient sculpture came into being in the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-581) with the introduction of Buddhism from India. The Terracotta Warriors proved otherwise. The discovery demonstrates the high level of Chinese sculpting skills during the Qin Dynasty, becoming the link between the past and future of Chinese sculpture history.

Also, the Terracotta Warriors provides abundant tangible materials for research on military affairs, culture and economy of the Qin Dynasty.

evan Yaming ZHANG

Chongwu Qian-An Industrial Area Road 100 mi, Jian-ming Park
Hui’an, Quanzhou, Fujian 362131 China