A feast with dishes carved out of emerald dazzles Kunming

These tantalising dishes are not edible - they have been carved out of emerald by carving master Zou Wantong.
These tantalising dishes are not edible - they have been carved out of emerald by carving master Zou Wantong.PHOTO: CHINA DAILY/ANN

KUNMING (CHINA DAILY / ANN) - A table full of popular dishes from the Han and Manchu people of China was presented in Kunming, in Southwest China's Yunnan province.

The dishes, including Peking roast duck, braised fish and sliced boiled chicken, may seem appetising, but they are definitely not edible.

Carving master Zou Wantong spent a decade creating a feast of 50 Chinese dishes only out of emerald, estimated to cost up to 1 billion yuan (S$202.5 million).

Zou's works are so life-like that the colour and texture of the dishes are near replicas of their real counterparts on the dinner table.

Take a look at his creations.


Emerald steamed lobster on noodles. PHOTO: CHINA DAILY / ANN


Emerald braised fish. PHOTO: CHINA DAILY / ANN


Emerald roast chicken. PHOTO: CHINA DAILY / ANN


Emerald braised pork. PHOTO: CHINA DAILY / ANN


Emerald steamed fish head with diced chilli peppers. PHOTO: CHINA DAILY / ANN


Emerald steamed crab. PHOTO: CHINA DAILY / ANN


Emerald squid with vegetables. PHOTO: CHINA DAILY / ANN


Emerald pig bones. PHOTO: CHINA DAILY / ANN