Intangible Cultural Heritages around Great Wall① 丨 Scrap Leathersmiths, Far-out Travellers
Jul 10,2023 Great Wall New Media


The legacy of the Great Wall is not only the magnificent earth-and-stone structure that travels on mountain tops for ten thousand miles and the reverie that runs through thousand years but also the star-studded shining image of an intangible cultural heritage site.


Over 100 km southwest of Zhangjiakou lies a county named Yangyuan, which is the birthplace of the Chinese fur culture and the hometown of scrap leather craftsmen. Its scrap leather processing skills have been inscribed into the list of provincial level intangible cultural heritage. More than 500 years ago, scrap leathersmiths in Zhangjiakou, represented by scrap leathersmiths of Yangyuan, hit the road, starting from the Dajingmen or the Big Entry Door of the Great Wall and travelled northward all the way to Kuren in Mongolia, Chaktu in Russia...


Today, Generation Z of the Yangyuan scrap leathersmiths have creatively cut the fashionable scrap leather garments into a cultural symbol at the foot of the Great Wall, demonstrating the holy charm of oriental culture. Their scrap leather products are sold into over 20 countries and regions such as Russia, the United States, Germany, South Korea and Japan.

总监制:李 遥

Chief Supervisor: Li Yao

策 划:商 棠 郑世繁 杨建民 邓光韬

Planners: Shang Tang, Zheng Shifan, Yang Jianmin, Deng Guangtao

统 筹:胡晓梅

Coordinator: Hu Xiaomei

编 导:袁立朋 烟成群 李丽钧

Editors and Directors: Yuan Lipeng, Yan Chengqun, Li Lijun

文 案:彭运辉

Script Writer: Peng Yunhui

摄影指导:张建勋 杜若楠

Directors of Photography: Zhang Jianxun, Du Ruonan


Visual Designer: Shi Yutong

翻译:郑 白 李文培 李 石(实习)

Script Translators: Zheng Bai, Li Wenpei, Li Shi (Intern)

校对:宋立芳 米雯婷(实习)

Text Proofreaders: Song Lifang, Mi Wenting (Intern)


Instructor Unit: the Publicity Department of the CPC Hebei Provincial Committee

鸣 谢:中共阳原县委宣传部

Acknowledgments: Thanks should go to the Publicity Department of the CPC Yangyuan County Committee

Editor: Song Lifang