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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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Commitment to the arts

This area is dedicated to artists, calligraphers, painters creating their craft. there are also a myriad of stores selling brushes, scrolls, and paper for hand done calligraphy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Stuart L
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New Rochelle, New York

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Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Decided to make a visit from Hong Kong to see this area. Was a little nervous if I could easily find it, but thanks to other reviewers it was quite easy. Wandered around the various streets full of painters, shops, supply stores, and galleries. I spent a few hours and did not see it all. I was able to find... More 

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New Rochelle, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This area is dedicated to artists, calligraphers, painters creating their craft. there are also a myriad of stores selling brushes, scrolls, and paper for hand done calligraphy.

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Thank Stuart L
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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went there during my one day trip to Shenzhen and really enjoyed Dafen. I wouldn't go there for high quality fine art shows etc. - it's more of a curiosity to see an arts village full of artists coping great masterpieces or painting portraits on order in their studios. Having said that, if you're looking for nice decorations for... More 

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Sutton at Hone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The title of the place says it all. You will see paintings! However you have to find the village first. With very few people speaking English we got there using the station signpost or rather a photo of it. Over 65s travel free by rail. Best to have your passports with you to proof your age although we just pointed... More 

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Shenzhen, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in Shenzhen and went here to frame some paintings that I had. Ended up spending half a day here walking around. First of all, take a taxi here. We drove, parking is a total and complete nightmare as this place is really a village within the city, very little parking. Lots of galleries and people painting in alleyways... More 

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Thank Cameron W
Shenzhen, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go only if you are interested in buying articles and paintings. could find some copy of famous paintings and could buy at a better deal

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Phuket, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a matter of things like age and taste. I loved Happy Valley, it is a lot of fun but of course packed with kids. Windows On The World was interesting and one off - i enjoyed it but got bored. Dafen i just love. There is so much character and personality here. I love all the alleys and... More 

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Thank Penelope C
State of Rio de Janeiro
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to buy pictures and decorations to you house this is the right place to come and enjoy all kind os styles, the have pictures of whatever you want, many stores, a variety of sizes, and you can buy just the picture with no frame or order the frame you wish and like more and the will do... More 

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Thank sshhuuaa
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed the experience of buying artwork from someone I could actually see painting. Prices are very reasonable within the alleys.

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Thank Kelly B
Shenzhen, China
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Da Fan is an impressive place. Imagine that a majority of the art you see in hotels around the world are manufactured right here in the north east of Shenzhen City. It's a village packed full of small galleries selling all manner of paintings and styles, art supply shops, and the occasional cafe. Walking around you'll see many artists at... More 

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