Foshan Institute of Fancy Paper-Cutting Handicrafts

Okay, so the real name of the place is the Foshan Folk Art Research Institute, but I liked my name better so I kept it in the post title. Really they do more than paper cutting. They also have lanterns made from various plants or seeds, as well as paper. At the entrance to the main part of the museum, there are two large lions carved from paper and covered with copper foil. You can see the photo of one in the slide show. These lions are more than 50 years old. What I thought was most fascinating about this place was being able to see people actually doing the paper-cutting. The first two months of study there, they spend learning how to make their knives. They can cut up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. Some of the really big paper cutting projects represent about 6 months of work.

Before we came to this place, we went to a dim-sum restaurant for lunch. Generally speaking I don’t like dim-sum food (it’s the food indigenous to this area, so poor me) so I wasn’t too excited about it. This restaurant has the reputation of being the best dim-sum restaurant in Foshan City. I have to say I was impressed. The food was very good and I was too busy enjoying the meal to remember to take photos. If you are ever in Foshan, eat there. It’s the Carrianna Hotel Restaurant at 14 Zumiao lu(road), Changcheng District, Foshan Guangdong China. Phone (0757)82223828  Spankin’ good food!

Here are the photos:

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winner-winner, chicken dinner 🙂

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