Shadow theaters in China originated from Shanxi province 1600 years ago. Through the use of shadow puppets, Shanxi puppeteers have since put on exquisite shows through the use of light and shadows.
This 100-year-old JiGuGe in LiuLiChang, Xuanwu District sells beautiful shadow puppets made from Shanxi. The puppets mainly depict historical figures and legendary animals. A crafter had to go through a dozen of steps over at least several days to make each puppet on display, according to the shop owner.
I took a look at a finely-crafted puppet of an ancient general. The puppet looked incredibly intricate, with many matching accessories. The owner said that particular puppet took weeks to make due to its complexity.
All the puppets in the shop seemed lively and quite unique. They make good souvenirs even if you¡¯re not planning on putting on a production. Prices started at RMB 90, and included a free frame for each puppet you purchase.
What I appreciate
Lovely shadow puppets
What customers appreciate
Wide range of choices, detailed designs, reasonable prices
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