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Dough Figures: Zhang Bao Lin – Cultural Heritage Beijing Province Posted Sep 20, 2010 by Chinavine

The tradition of dough figures stems from the ancient art of making mud dolls and toys. With dough, however, the work can be much more highly detailed. Originally people used the figures as toys but they now have evolved into ...

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Kite Factory Artists: Weifang Kites 潍坊风筝艺术工厂 – Cultural Heritage Weifang City, Shandong Province Posted Sep 20, 2010 by Chinavine

China is the birthplace of the kite, specifically in the Henan and Shandong provinces. Historically the people of these areas worshiped birds as well as the sun. The traditional Chinese word for the kite is hao, which also has the ...

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Mud Toys: Nie Xiewei – Cultural Heritage Nie Jiazhuang Village, Shandong Province Posted Sep 20, 2010 by Chinavine

Tigers are a popular choice for toys because they reflect children’s aspirations to grow up strong, and because they prevent harm and ward off danger. Aside from Nie’s mud tigers, popular subjects for mud dolls include children, scholars, and opera ...

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Dough Flower: Peng Yingben – Cultural Heritage Miaojia Village, Shandong Province Posted Sep 20, 2010 by Chinavine

Symbolism is central to dough knots, and water-related symbolism is especially prominent due to Peng’s close proximity to the sea. Also, water is considered very lucky in China, symbolic of money and good fortune. Much of the symbolism used in ...

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Gourd Engraving: Li Yu Cheng 葫芦: 李玉成 – Cultural Heritage Li She Village, Shandong Province Posted Sep 20, 2010 by Chinavine

The Peking Opera is popular, and its characters are often portrayed on gourds. Dough flower characters are also often related to the opera. Villagers often participate in the operas, which are held in the markets where there is a lot ...

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Dough Figures: Liang Xiucai – Cultural Heritage Lang Village, Shandong Province Posted Sep 20, 2010 by Chinavine

Dough flowers come in over 2,000 shapes, some of which include:

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Woodcut Books: Yang Fuyuan and Yang Haijun – Cultural Heritage Da Zhao Village, Shandong Province Posted Sep 15, 2010 by Chinavine

Chinese woodcutting is an art that has had intentions to be used as a tool for enlightenment, presently and with the many precedents of the earlier Chinese tradition. A woodcut, simply put, is an image carved into the surface of ...

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Zhujiajiao Water Village – Introduction Shanghai Province Posted Aug 30, 2010 by Chinavine

Nestled 30 miles away from the busy Shanghai metropolis, lies the “water village” of Zhujiajiao, a designated World Heritage site whose close proximity to a network of willow-shaded canals evokes comparisons to Italy’s Venice. Though the town originated 1,700 years ...

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Bow & Arrow: Yang Fu Xi 杨福喜 – Cultural Heritage Beijing Province Posted Aug 25, 2010 by Chinavine

Yang says that making bows properly takes a lot of time, and so he only makes about 100 bows a year. About half of his customers are Chinese, and about half from abroad. He says that his Chinese customers buy ...

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Silk Flower: Jin Tieling – Cultural Heritage Beijing Province Posted Aug 21, 2010 by Chinavine

Jin’s ancestors belonged to the royal family of Manchu and crafted the flowers as a hobby. Jin once created flowers for the royal palace, and his father and grandfather made flowers for large royal ceremonies and festivals. His father and ...

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