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“YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT!”

Dafen Oil Painting Village
Ranked #5 of 486 things to do in Shenzhen
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Dallas, Texas, United States
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“YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT!”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

The most amazing place to buy art I've ever seen and at unbelievable prices! These artists can copy anything and make it look like the original!

Visited October 2013
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“Looking for Art? This is the place!”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

I went here in the summer of 2013 with one of my co-workers. I was amazed by the variety of art and the choices available. There's a pretty interesting history of Dafen Art Village if you look it up. Not someplace I'd just go to hang out, but if you're looking to buy some art, this would be a great place to go!

Visited July 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Definitely Worth a Second Visit”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Oil Painting Village is a group of numerous small shops which sell cheap replicas or original paintings. They are extremely affordable; small paintings cost only around 20RMB. They also have delivery service and some shops offer services in which they go to your house and paint a door/wall if you live nearby (Shenzhen or Hong Kong).

The quality is pretty good, although it varies among artists and genres. However, don't be disappointed if you can't find a good replica in the first few shops; it's guaranteed that a good one will come up if you search among the many stores.

Note that some paintings come with frames while others do not. They charge extra for frames but at a low cost. Remember to check the frames for defects. Changing a frame (same style, material) is free of charge.

A downside is that there aren't a lot of restaurants near the area. There are a few decent air-conditioned coffee shops, but if you're looking for a meal it is best to eat before going there. There are a few restaurants nearby but only a few have air-conditioning and there is a limited variety of food (noodles, spicy for, etc) which not all people may enjoy.

The Oil Painting Village is in an area which used to be "second-line", which means things cost less there. A simple meal can be pretty cheap and products definitely cost less.

The Oil Painting Village is rather neat and worth a second visit.

Visited June 2014
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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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“Not Like in Reviews, but Great Nonetheless”
Reviewed June 3, 2014

I looked at the reviews on this site, and especially at the pictures, and went to the village with those expectations. In actuality it didn't look very much like in the pictures. That might have been because I visited in the summer heat and many artists just didn't want to sit painting outdoors.

It was actually pretty hard to find artists that would paint from a picture for a price, and the price was always higher than I expected even after negotiation.

Still, it's definitely worth a visit. Not only is this a *clean* older quarter in the middle of highrise neighborhoods in Shenzhen (Shanghai could really use one of those), but they also have a lot of art equipment shops that sell brushes, calligraphy equipment, etc. at very reasonable prices. There is a lot of copied art that's pretty and inexpensive around the shops.

What I especially liked (this is very rare in China) was that no one was nagging me to buy their products, and walking through the stalls and streets was itself a pleasant experience.

Visited August 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“AWESOME!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Dafen is a really spectacular place to see artists in their setting and doing their thing. You can get custom paintings made so bring a really good print out of what you might want and give it to one of the artists to make for you. And as always, feel free to negotiate. It is a really great place to sightsee and just see the amazing skill of the people there as well as to buy some gifts for family or friends back home. I'd recommend getting a cheap hotel and staying a day and a half to take in the whole area.

Visited October 2013
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