Hand-carved mahjong tiles are a dying craft in Hong Kong

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In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old mahjong game tiles maker, makes a tile in his shop in Kowloon's old neighborhood of Hong ...
In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old maker of the popular table-top game mahjong tiles, engraves a character on a tile in his ...
In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old maker of the popular table-top game mahjong tiles, engraves a character on a tile in his ...
In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old maker of the popular table-top game mahjong tiles, poses in his 100 square foot, decades-...
In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old mahjong game tile maker, poses with his tiles in his shop in Kowloon's old neighborhood o...
In this April 18, 2019, photo, Mahjong game tiles with Chinese characters engraved by Cheung Shun-king sit in their case at a shop in Kowloon's old ne...
In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old mahjong game tiles maker, engraves a character on a tile in his shop in Kowloon's old nei...
In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, a mahjong game tiles maker, left, chats with two customers from France at his store in Hong Kong. Han...
In this April 18, 2019, photo, three students hold their tailor-made mahjong game tiles with Chinese characters engraved by Cheung Shun-king at a shop...
In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old mahjong game tiles maker, poses with his mahjong tiles in his decades-old store 100 squar...

In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old mahjong game tiles maker, makes a tile in his shop in Kowloon's old neighborhood of Hong ...

In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old maker of the popular table-top game mahjong tiles, engraves a character on a tile in his ...

In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old maker of the popular table-top game mahjong tiles, engraves a character on a tile in his ...

In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old maker of the popular table-top game mahjong tiles, poses in his 100 square foot, decades-...

In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old mahjong game tile maker, poses with his tiles in his shop in Kowloon's old neighborhood o...

In this April 18, 2019, photo, Mahjong game tiles with Chinese characters engraved by Cheung Shun-king sit in their case at a shop in Kowloon's old ne...

In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old mahjong game tiles maker, engraves a character on a tile in his shop in Kowloon's old nei...

In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, a mahjong game tiles maker, left, chats with two customers from France at his store in Hong Kong. Han...

In this April 18, 2019, photo, three students hold their tailor-made mahjong game tiles with Chinese characters engraved by Cheung Shun-king at a shop...

In this April 18, 2019, photo, Cheung Shun-king, 65-year-old mahjong game tiles maker, poses with his mahjong tiles in his decades-old store 100 squar...

HONG KONG (AP) — In an era of mass-produced tiles for the popular table-top game mahjong, one artisan in Hong Kong still makes them by hand.

The 65-year-old Cheung Shun-king believes there are only three or four carvers left in Hong Kong. Cheung is trying to revive interest in the tradition by holding classes in his shop, a 100-square-foot (9-square-meter) corner under the stairs of an old-style shop-house.

Played at Lunar New Year and other gatherings, mahjong has become a symbol of friendship and family bonds. Chinese restaurants provide tables and mahjong sets to customers who host wedding or birthday banquets. Hong Kong once was dotted with mahjong parlors, where people could play against strangers for money, but few are left.