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Being one of the 4 great inventions in China, paper exists in everyone's daily life for centuries. Many products and crafts rely on papers.


Cai lun


Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD)

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Chinese Painting 國畫
Chinese painting is done on paper or silk, using a variety of brushes, ink and dye. Subjects vary, including: portrait, landscape, flowers, birds, animals, and insects.

Chinese Folding Fan 紙扇<br /><br />
Handheld fan, or simply hand fan, may be any broad, flat surface that is waved back-and-forth to create an airflow. Generally, purpose-made handheld fans are folding fans, which are shaped like a sector of a circle.

Paper-Cuttings 剪紙<br /><br />
Paper-Cuttings are diversified patterns cut into red paper with scissors. Different patterns such as monkey, flowers and figures can be cut vividly and perfectly by some female artisans in rural areas. People paste paper-cuttings onto their windows…

Chinese Kites 風箏
These kites are delicately made of paper and bamboo have numerous shapes such as swallow, centipede, butterfly etc. Regarded as an artistic marvel, the kite makers' skills in both painting and in the design of the kites' flexible flying movement are…

Sky Lantern 天燈
A sky lantern, also known as Kongming lantern, is a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended.

Chinese Lantern 燈籠
Originated from Eastern Han Dynasty, paper lanterns were mainly used as lamps in ancient China. Paper and silk were the major materials used for manufacturing.
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