Chinese Woodblock Printing

The legendary technique of woodblock printing has a history of more than 1,300 years. It uses knives to carve words or patterns on wooden boards, and uses ink, paper, silk fabric and other materials to print and then bind into books. It is a breakthrough in copying technique, preserving innumerable information and records over the course of history, and playing an unrivaled role in cultural diffusion worldwide. Yangzhou is the birthplace of Chinese woodblock printing, Yangzhou Guangling Ancient Book Engraving Society is the only place in China where the entire set of ancient woodblock printing processes has been preserved.

(Pictures from: Little Red Book)