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Craftsmen’s stunning work contributes to Chinese dream

With the rapid development of China’s economy, enormous technological and infrastructure projects have mushroomed across the country. Behind these incredible feats of engineering are numerous craftsmen with unrivaled skills and knowledge.

In a bid to better understand the secrets behind China’s technical marvels, CGTN followed these master craftsmen to unveil the stunning work they have contributed toward the Chinese dream.

Meng Jianfeng is a senior technician at Beijing Gongmei Group with 23 years of experience. He is an artisan in the traditional Chinese art of “Zanke”, which means engraving a design into a hard metal surface by cutting delicate grooves into it.

It is a traditional Chinese craft dating back around 3,000 years. Some of the silver and gold-engraved platters he made were presented as diplomatic gifts for leaders who attended the APEC summit in 2014.