Peasant Paintings in Huxian County of Xian

Peasant Paintings Origin

Chinese peasant paintings are decorative paintings and printed pictures created by peasants in central north China, most famous in the Huxian county of Xian. Traditionally, Huxian peasants paint their works solely for decorating their own houses or to celebrate special events such as harvesting or festivals. The painting's subject often includes god images and auspicious patterns, drawn or pasted in places like the end of a heated brick bed (often seen in North China), kitchen, and walls. In recent years, peasants began to draw rustic pictures on paper. These simple aesthetic works are much loved by rural and urban people, as well as attract attention from abroad.

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What to Appreciate in Peasant Paintings

Chinese peasants paint their works by using bright colors in a simple and authentic style to express their good wishes, record their everyday lifestyle, and illustrate festivities. Some paintings are bold and unconstrained, some are strong and impassioned, while yet others are ornate and elegant. All of them have a naive charm, clear and full of the feeling of folk life. By appreciating these artworks, you get a full picture of how these Chinese peasants live, how they think, and what they love.

Where to See Peasant Paintings

Huxian County is the most recommended place to appreciate Peasant Paintings for the following reasons:
- Huxian was entitled the County of Painting by the Ministry of Culture in 1988. Its peasant paintings are most renowned in China.
Huxian is very convenient to visit as it is located 40 km southwest of Xian City, a transportation hub in China.
A visit to Huxian adds an authentic cultural experience to your China tour. You will see how these paintings are painted. A Peasant painting is a good souvenir to bring home. In Huxian, you can buy an exclusive one that is lively painted for you.
In the meantime, the paper cutting in Huxian is also famous in China. So you can appreciate two great fork arts in one place.
A Huxian tour offers more than a cultural experience. Bordering Qinling Mountain to the south and the Wei River to the north, it is also a great place to see the rural scenery of China.

How to Visit Huxian

The easiest way to visit Huxian is to join a tour of Xian with an excursion to Huxian. If you travel with our recommended tours with Huxian, you will enjoy a personalized tour service with flexible time, a good tour guide, and a private transfer.

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