Chinese New Year Activities


项目介绍 / Introduction

1) 北京风筝哈制作技艺



Hashi Kite Techniques

Inheritor: Ha Yiqi

Originating from the late Qing Dynasty, the Hashi Kite boasts more than 160 years of history. The technique of the Hashi Kite combines

enlacing, pasting, painting and specific skills for kite-flying. Hashi Kites are meticulously made from carefully chosen materials, and are designed to be well-proportioned and graceful, striking a perfect balance between complexity and neatness. The colors of these kites are bright and elegant with strong hue contrast. They take off easily and can fly high and steadily against strong winds.

2) 面塑



Dough Sculpture

Inheritor: Zhang Baolin

Dough sculpture is a kind of folk craft with great artistic value despite using simple techniques. Folk artists made doughs of different colors from flour and sticky rice starch mixed with pigments, paraffin wax and honey, after applying special techniques to prevent them from developing sun cracks or becoming moldy. Then, the artists pinch, knead or roll these doughs and use bamboo gravers to prick, cut or carve on them to create the different body parts and facial features of sculptures, as well as their hair ornaments and clothes, producing different kinds of sculptures in an instant. The sculptures are edible and can also be kept as artifacts, and are frequently seen at temple fairs and on traditional festive occasions.

3) 剪纸




Inheritor: Yang Yue

Paper-cutting is an important type of Chinese folk art mostly used for decorative purposes or in folk traditions. Beijing paper-cutting is an artistry featuring hollowed patterns. Artists use scissors or knives to cut out patterns on papers along with proportioned creases, of which “yang” creases are always connected to each other so as to produce carved out shapes while “yin” creases represent chunks to be removed. Skilled crafters can carve out highly sophisticated drawings without having the paper falling apart even after countless cuts. A traditional craftsmanship still practiced to this day, Beijing paper-cutting has great social value in different dimensions. Its visual image and design carry rich cultural and historical messages, reflecting the social life, morals, cultural and esthetic values, and aspirations of the people.