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Paper-cutting has 2000 years of history in China. Even today, it is still a custom to paste paper-cuttings on windows or doors to express hope for a prosperous year, especially during the Spring Festival.
Located in the South Luo gu Lane, Dian Dian Lang is a paper-cut studio owned by Mr Ren, a paper-cutting artist for 17 years.
Paper-cut is a condensed reflection of Chinese culture and art. Many exquisite paper-cut works in the shop tell stories from famous Chinese novels such as the Eight Immortals, The Dream of the Red Mansion. Others reflect life in the Beijing Hutongs, or feature masks of Peking opera.
Paper-cutting demands great skills from its practitioner and is time-consuming. A small artwork of an animal, for example, takes Mr Ren a whole day to complete.
"Longevity" paper-cuttings are popular among customers. If you see works with god of longevity, peach, crane, or pine tree, you'll immediately know that they all symbolize longevity in Chinese culture.
Prices are cheap. Most items are under RMB 100.
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