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"Qianzhou Armament Department" member Song Hao demonstrates traditional Chinese archery in an armor replica in Ganzhou, east China's Jiangxi Province, Nov. 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)

A group of fans who have passions for ancient Chinese armour gather together and make armour replica by themselves in Ganzhou, E China.

GANZHOU, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- "Qianzhou Armament Department" is a group for people who love traditional Chinese culture and ancient armor in Ganzhou, east China's Jiangxi Province. Members of "Qianzhou Armament Department" share a common goal: to replicate ancient Chinese armor with their own hands. In 2018, the hobbyist group was founded by a bunch of local armament fans, and was named after its city of origin, Ganzhou, which was known historically as Qianzhou.

One of the group's proudest work so far has been a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) armour, which took the members three months to replicate.

"Qianzhou Armament Department" member Huang Zhengyuan shows a Ming Dynasty armor replica in Ganzhou, east China's Jiangxi Province, Nov. 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)

To make their replicas as precise as possible, "Qianzhou Armament Department" members not only browsed a sea of archives and visited museums to study armor structures, but also carried out detailed research into ancient Chinese garment, hairstyle and etiquette.

"Every detail on this Ming armour replica comes from our own research," Xiao Qiu, the group's founder, said with pride. "Altogether, it cost us more than 6,000 yuan (908 U.S. dollars)."

"Qianzhou Armament Department" members Zeng Fanqiang (L) and Xiao Qiu read books on ancient armors at their studio in Ganzhou, east China's Jiangxi Province, Nov. 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)

A "Qianzhou Armament Department" member shows how a traditional Chinese armor is made at their studio in Ganzhou, east China's Jiangxi Province, Nov. 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)

"Qianzhou Armament Department" members Zeng Fanqiang (L) and Xiao Qiu join armor plates together at their studio in Ganzhou, east China's Jiangxi Province, Nov. 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)

"Qianzhou Armament Department" members Huang Zhengyuan, Zeng Fanqiang and Xiao Qiu (from L to R) join armor plates together at their studio in Ganzhou, east China's Jiangxi Province, Nov. 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)

The group's passions for ancient Chinese armors have been welcomed by other fans. Some have shown support by giving hand-made armor replicas as gifts. "Our love for armour is rooted in a love for the traditional Chinese culture," said Xiao Qiu. "And there are still more in the classics to be discovered."

Photo taken on Nov. 13, 2020 shows an armour miniature presented by fellow armor fans as a gift to "Qianzhou Armament Department" members in Ganzhou, east China's Jiangxi Province. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)

Photo shows the pauldron of an armor replica at the studio of "Qianzhou Armament Department" in Ganzhou, east China's Jiangxi Province, Nov. 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)

"Qianzhou Armament Department" members Huang Zhengyuan (L) and Song Hao demonstrate melee skills in armor replicas in Ganzhou, east China's Jiangxi Province, Nov. 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)

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