Dafen Oil Painting Village
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or request a freshly-painted Van Gogh or Rembrandt.
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5 contributions
Oct 2022
A couple of blocks of painting shops, everything from modern to old masters. You can watch pictures getting painted or in some shops, you can try by yourself. Also, a good place to buy painting equipment.
Written December 5, 2022
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,625 contributions
Apr 2021
Nice to watch some artists painting originals, and others painstakingly painting replicas. The majority, I believe, are oil paintings.
Written May 29, 2021
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1970PaulJ
Guangzhou, China215 contributions
Apr 2021
So much to see in this market, lots of copies and original paintings, various media and commissions are taken here at very reasonable prices, I had limited time here but will be returning!
Written April 16, 2021
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james
Shenzhen, China2 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
There are some interesting things to do here, like get a painting class. Watch Artisans at work. But you have to spend a little time walking around and stopping in places. Somethings are not so obvious at first glance.
Written April 18, 2020
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Bruce G
Portimao, Portugal525 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Dafen is where we go to relax, to buy art and art supplies, to walk, to see artists in action, to enjoy the architecture and the street vibe. There are art shops as far as the eye can see, workshops that do framing, printing and block mounting. The silk thread art is extraordinary but the oils and watercolors are why people go there. The original work is impressive but the reproductions are what make Dafen for me. Hand painted reproductions that are excellent but do not pretend to be anything other than reproductions.
Written March 5, 2020
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Anne1952KualaLumpur
Kuala Lumpur23 contributions
Mar 2019
Great place to visit and see so many oil painting shops - time constraint - will go again - hopefully during my next trip.
Written February 15, 2020
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LavenEileen
Singapore, Singapore29 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
A big village surrounded with shops with all kinds of natural art and paintings. Most of the shops are owned by the artists who sell their own paintings
Written January 11, 2020
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MintLeafSG
Singapore, Singapore90 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you are into any form of painting, be it water, oil or plain sketching, you should visit this place. It consists of a number of rows of shophouses but the real action is in the alleys where you can find the artists at work or people paying for a lesson. There are also shops selling painting and art supplies.
Written January 7, 2020
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LadureeFan
Richmond, VA1,174 contributions
Dec 2019
Worth a visit. So many art supply stores and lots of painters at work in their galleries and outside on the street. If you need to decorate your home with art, this is definitely the place to go. Painters here copy famous original paintings in record time (and also create their own artwork). Everything was incredibly inexpensive.
Written January 3, 2020
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary3,301 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Shenzhen has several art communities and creative spaces, but the most popular and well known one is undoubtedly Dafen Oil Painting Village in Longgang District. In a bustling city like Shenzhen it can sometimes be hard to know where to go during a day off, especially if you don’t fancy a hike or park that day (probably the two most popular things to do during free time). Dafen Oil Painting Village provides the opportunity to have a nice walk, get some fresh air and soak in some culture at the same time.

Walking around here you can see virtually every type of painting style from abstract to impressionism and all the ones in between. Many of these are in small studios which you can browse around in and look at the art undisturbed by the owner. Some of the art is done in the little alleys between buildings, where the artists are in their zone, focused on a picture from an iPad, making a flawless reproduction or two. You can stand and watch as magic happens in front of you

Dafen metro station exit A1
Written January 2, 2020
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