About 60 young locals are learning and working at the Louse Carving Craftsmanship Park in Chanang County, Tibet. The place is named after "louse carving", a local woodcarving tradition dating back more than 300 years ago. It is said that a local carver carved a louse out of a highland barley grain. His skills were so superb that others thought it was a real louse, hence the name "louse carving".
The craftsmanship is now mainly used in furniture and statue making, and has been listed as an intangible cultural heritage of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Locals who are interested in the craftsmanship can choose from four majors free of charge: carving, carpentry, Tibetan house refinement and furniture painting. The woodcarving products they made are sold well in Tibet and other places around China, and are also exported to foreign countries such as the US, Japan and India.