A bust of the Chinese philosopher Confucius lies on the ground in an abandoned stone carving workshop in the town of Dangcheng in Quyang county, located 250 km (155 miles) southwest of Beijing. The small town situated in Hebei province has a history of stone carving dating back more than two thousand years. It is finding business in the current economic climate tough with the combination of a large raise in worker's wages and the world economic slump that continues to suck away orders for the ornate stone statues, busts and carvings. Statues of Jesus and copies of ancient Roman busts now far outnumber the workers who chip and grind away in the small workshops.
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