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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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Sun - Sat 00:00 - 00:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

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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Turn left beyond Walmart and a strange world emerges

We took the Shenzhen Metro to Dafen and were bemused to follow the directions we had been given - go beyond Walmart and turn left. In the alleyways there are artists painting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stafford, United Kingdom
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Shenzhen Metro to Dafen and were bemused to follow the directions we had been given - go beyond Walmart and turn left. In the alleyways there are artists painting everything from fantastic copies of classic calligraphy to paint by number classics. Most of the material being produced, to be honest, is bound for motel bedrooms of the... More 

Thank StaffordSteve49
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This artist area of the city is so much fun to visit. You can see copies of great master painters, originals, copies from photos or buy a range of art materials to use. The little street are quaint but hot in the summer as every establishment is open to the street.

Thank Suzanne S
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Had a wonderful day in this village -- seeing artists at work and never knowing what lies around the next corner. The art supply shops were also very helpful.

Thank DeannaVG
Kozhikode, India
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

It's a place in shenzhen where a large number of artist community live together You can almost all type of paintings there It's not in downtown There is paintings from cheap to very expensive Wide range of paintings and handicrafts Regards Vk

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South Aussie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

An absolute must do when visiting Shenzen. Amazing to watch the artists at work. Prices vary depending on what you are looking for. I have an artist that does all my paintings. I email the photo from Australia and when he is finished he posts home to me. Does an awesome job. Had the opportunity to meet him and pick... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

First visited 15 years ago. Many studios then and you can talk to the copiers. Now just shops full of copies but some originals. Only 1 in 20 has anything of interest. They now do a lot of online business.

1 Thank Tony C
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Getting there (location): Take the metro to Dafen. Dafen metro station is about 15mins from Laojie metro station. Then exit A and walk past the Walmart on your left. It will be a left turn into a street with a signpost saying Oil Painting Street. The walk to the village from Dafen metro is probably 5mins, i think probably about... More 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

If you want to experience a genuine piece of Shenzhen that is off the usual path, be sure to set aside a few hours to walk through this large village that is tucked away in a corner of the city. To begin with, there is the curious, fascinating and hilarious/sad sight of seeing scores of artists painting copies of Van... More 

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

It is a interesting place to visit and see the artists producing the oil paintings in a "conveyor" mode. There are dozens of them , some work in studios , some in open air. The paintings are outstanding and look like the famous originals. They are priced by square foot and you can get it shipped home with all certificates.... More 

Thank rcharit
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

I love this place. You get to see so many style of paintings and so many sizes of them too! You can even commission your own paiting if you so desired, beside the myriads of replicas available for you. Price wise, it is pretty reasonable, from the cheap to the expensive. It is hard to put a price on a... More 

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