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Art brings life to village

Source:Shenzhen Daily Release time:2019-01-04 [font:largemediumsmall ]

Shangwei Art Village in Guanhu Subdistrict, Longhua District, is one of the many ancient villages in Longhua that have become popular leisure destinations among visitors in Shenzhen in recent years.

Dating back about 400 years, Shangwei Village used to be a cluster of Hakka residences. The village had fallen into disrepair in the past few decades, as the city underwent fast development, due to its relatively remote location. Shangwei Village started to show signs of rejuvenation in 2016 when it adopted a new approach: attracting artists and designers to settle down in the village. The artists and designers have transformed the old buildings in the village into cozy art studios, an art museum and venues hosting art activities. Now, 35 artists have set up studios in the village, which has received more than 100,000 visitors in two years.

A couple takes a photo in front of a building in Shangwei Art Village in Guanhu, Longhua District, during the New Year public holiday. Photos by Sun Yuchen

A woman takes a photo for her friend who sits in a chair decorated with flowers.

The alleys are decorated with plants and flowers in the village.

A man stands in front of the Shangwei Museum of Modern Art.

The work studio of an artist who has settled down in Shangwei Art Village in Longhua District.

The entrance of Shangwei Art Village in Longhua District.

Visitors walk in an alley in the village.

Plants and flowers are placed to decorate a building in Shangwei Art Village.

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