A Chinese sculptor spent four years carving a breathtaking masterpiece into a tree trunk, and the result stunned people all over the world.

What started as a 12-foot-long tree trunk is now a famous wood carving that has solidified a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

For centuries, China has had a tradition of creating visually-stunning art from raw wood. These sculptures showcase intricate designs and images and help illustrate China’s historic culture. The tradition continues today with Zheng Chunhui’s masterpiece.

Named “Along The River During the Quinming Festival,” this sculpture is a replica of a famous Chinese scroll painting from the Song Dynasty over 1,000 years ago. The wood carving sits on display at the Palace Museum in Beijing where visitors admire this brilliant work.

The finished carving is over 40 feet long and includes detailed carvings that illustrate daily life in ancient China.