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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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A living vibrant public attraction

I was fascinated by the size of the Village. Everything the art enthusiast can think of is there. Lots of painters but some of the specialists were very impressive. The silk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bruce G
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Johannesburg, South Africa

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was fascinated by the size of the Village. Everything the art enthusiast can think of is there. Lots of painters but some of the specialists were very impressive. The silk thread hand stitched on to material to create three dimensional pictures was very impressive. I enjoyed the 'copy artists'. Reproductions of many well known masterpieces were in various stages... More 

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harrisburg, pa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Painting Village is accessible by taxi. Expect to pay about 50 RMB from the Futian district---about half hour ride, There are seemingly hundreds of artist showrooms lining the pedestrian walkways. Just about every style imaginable. We didn't buy anything, but it is my understanding that they will reliably ship items to your home. Note, there are a few streets... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Looks like there might be some artists, but mostly vendors selling what looks like prints with a little paint slapped on. Lots of replicas of famous artwork. There are *some* painters, but few and far between. Some will do portraits for about 1600 ¥. Many vendors carry the same items in multiples. Not much room for negotiation if you buy.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good place to go and buy oil paintings from makers directly. Note that there is a complete range of prices you will encounter and to get better prices you might have to walk in some of the side roads. We came across a shop selling small media panels at 15 yuans each. The place itself is well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must do if you're in the area whether you're into art or not. The artists are massively talented reproducing existing paintings as well as producing their own work. The work itself is undervalued and you can pick up paintings for as little as £3. To get there you need to catch the MTR to Dafen. When exiting... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a good day to visit Dafen Oil Painting Village, Shenzhen, China. We walked around the painting shops and appreciated wonderful painting works. It was also fabulous to visit the Dafen Art Museum. There are lots of restaurant around, where we did enjoy our lunch and dinner. More importantly, the village is nearby the Dafen Metro Station, making it... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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