Xiling Seal Engraving
Seal engraving dates back to the Yuan Dynasty but it was not until the Ming and Qing Dynasty that seal engraving flourished. Seal engraving consists of many different schools of engraving. From selecting seal stones, seal calligraphy and seal cutting each school of engraving possess its own techniques and style. To further develop and research the art of seal engraving, seal artists from the different schools established the Xiling Seal Art Society in 1904. The society is based in Hangzhou and is open for tourists to visit with a museum displaying different seal work.
At the Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion you can try your hand at making a leather purse or key holder. Carving designs on to the leather you will be given help during the process and can even learn a few tricks of the trade to create a unique leather item.
Chinese Shadow Puppetry
Shadow puppetry was once one of the most popular entertainment for the old and young for thousands of years. The art and craftsmanship behind the creation of the intricately detailed puppets if truly magnificent. Watching a performance of the Chinese Shadow Puppets you can understand why shadow puppetry is still popular amongst the older generations.
Kites were invented in China and are believed to date back to the 5th century and have a history of over 2,000 years. To begin with kites were made of silk and bamboo which later evolved to paper and bamboo. The shape and designs of kites changed over the course of Chinese history with the earliest kites being rectangular and designs that were hand painted often legendary characters. To this day kites come in all shapes and forms.