Hand-painted fans have a long history in China, and are still popular today. They are not only used in summer, but good gifts on any occasion. In a famous street lined up with lots of painting, calligraphy, antique shops, I found a shop Jing Hua Fan House.
Mr. Shen, the shop owner, is a gifted artist. He would paint on fans in front of your very eyes. There are two different types of fans: traditional court silk ones, and folded paper ones. The court silk fans are designed for women. I especially noticed one round silk fan featuring a beautiful plum blossom. In China this is the symbol of purity and fortitude. The folded paper fans are used by men. They are characterized by vivid paintings on the front and calligraphies on the back.
Prices are around RMB 100.
The shop also displays a large collection of clay figurines and framed paintings. Prices range from RMB 100 to RMB 200.
What I appreciate:
beautiful handmade fans of good quality
What customers appreciate:
hand-painted fans, reasonable price
If you're looking for the perfect jewelry to go with your new Chinese clothes, you have to see what the Miao people can do.
All the silver jewels are here:
Lifelike Oil Paintings Combining Western and Chinese Styles
Unique and exquisite handicrafts of the Miao minority
A shop shows you the art of paper and scissors
Unique handicrafts with flavor of rural life