70-year-old Cheung Shun-king is one of the last craftsmen of his kind in Hong Kong.
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Eyebrows furrowed in careful concentration as he chisels images and Chinese characters onto mahjong tiles, 70-year-old Cheung Shun-king is one of the last craftsmen of his kind in Hong Kong.
Hand carving playing tiles for the popular Chinese game used to be a source of income for many, but the introduction of much cheaper machine-made sets whittled away at their customer base and turned their work into a rarity.
Cheung's family alone used to own four separate shops, where as a teenager he learned his trade.