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Dafen Oil Painting Village

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Address: Buji Neighborhood Committee, Longang District, Shenzhen 518112, China
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12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village...

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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Good place to experience small town Chinese art

Be sure when you get off the subway you walk to the left. If you've walked more than a few blocks and still don't see it, you are going the wrong way. I had a Chinese student try... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Regen H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is quite a drive from the main Shenzhen city centre. The village is created on the concept of clustering. There are a huge number of shops just selling different types of paintings. A few on the side which sell the basic raw materials for supporting the "industry". You'll see people sitting on the side and copying various paintings... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Classic chinese industry - this village (a small neighborhood within Shenzhen) - is composed of 5-10 streets, each with shops that do nothing but sell oil paintings. They range from amateur to very talented, but with a good 50% on the very talented side. While originally known for copies of the great Masters, now you see a lot of originals.... More 

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Bankok
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be sure when you get off the subway you walk to the left. If you've walked more than a few blocks and still don't see it, you are going the wrong way. I had a Chinese student try to be helpful and help me find my way, but rather than "losing face" and admitting she didn't know where to go,... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were able to acquire a few really nice and affordable pieces, then went over to the tea garden to relax under the trees and later to an upstairs eclectic bar/bistro for a delicious bite. A good day trip not to miss.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only had a short time to explore this village, but were captivated by the variety and styles of art and craft on offer. We will definitely be returning to explore further.

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China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't shop immediately - walk around, price everywhere and negotiate. Don't go to early as some shops wont be open yet.

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Toronto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a few hours in dafen with four adults and one child. Lots of shops but seems to have gone very commercial. Only a few artists painting and watched numerous tricks being unloaded with paintings to be sold that were obviously produced elsewhere. Some of the shop owners were picking and choosing the ones they wanted. Seemed strange. Is very... More 

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Xining, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

You can't beat it. I can spend hours and hours here. These are some of the best copycat artists you will ever see. They can replicate anything. There is some pretty good original stuff too and it's fascinating to see the different styles of all of the artists one after the other. There is no better place to purchase art... More 

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This place offers wide range of art on sale / commission. The quality is from abysmal to good. You can watch artists at work, buy art materials, have painting framed or just roam around and admire the works on display.

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I visited Dafen Oil Painting Village and expected to be bored but to my surprise this village of painters and artists is actually quite interesting. With all the different paintings from replicas of famous paintings to Chinese paintings and modern paintings. Really beautiful, talented and artistic painters. The price of the paintings are negotiable and you can get the paintings... More 

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