Knowing All about Hunan


Updated:2024-01-23 16:35:16

红网时刻新闻记者 樊令钰 长沙报道


There is a type of "flower" that doesn't blossom in the night sky or grow in the soil. Instead, it began to accumulate energy to bloom over two hundred million years ago, naturally forming within rocks through geological movements and profound changes - it is the Liuyang Chrysanthemum Stone.


The Yonghe Town in Liuyang City is renowned for producing Chrysanthemum Stones, earning the title of "The hometown of China Chrysanthemum Stone." Composed of Celestine or calcite minerals, these peculiar stones form petals, with flint creating the flower's center, resembling a blossoming chrysanthemum, hence earning the name "Chrysanthemum Stone." Typically, the "flower" sizes are from 5 to 8 cm, with clear textures, distinct boundaries, and diverse shapes.


"Stone" is exquisite for its uniqueness and "carving" is precious for its skill. Liuyang Chrysanthemum Stone carving is an ancient craft with over 200 years of history. Local stone carving artisans utilize the natural patterns of the stone, going through processes such as material collection, selection, carving, shaping, designing, painting, waxing, and making the base of the pedestal, etc. The "Chrysanthemums Stone" is finally able to blossom.


In 1915, China's first chrysanthemum stone carving master Dai Qingsheng's carvings won the gold medal at the Panama Pacific International Exposition, making the miracle of "stones blooming flowers" resound all over the world. Through continuous inheritance and innovation, contemporary Liuyang Chrysanthemum Stone carving boasts a wide range of products, selling well across China and even internationally. Its presence is seen in various significant venues.  Liuyang Chrysanthemum Stone carvings are like Liuyang fireworks, blooming in the sky of world culture.