Xiao Du showed us DaFen today, a 'village' in Shenzhenwhich developed into the world's biggest source for copied oil paintings as an article on GlobalVoicesOnline is reporting. We visited DaFen in the late afternoon and all galleries were opened with busy vendors selling copies of any artistic style or depiction you can imagine. From empress Sissi to Andy Warhol, all is available.
Remarkable also the urbanistic layout of the village. It is extremely dense with the ground levels reserved for the vending galleries and the second and third floors for studios and residential uses on top. What sprang to my nose was the smell of oil paint which was sitting in the streets. Find some images here which dont show any vendors as they had some problems with me taking pictures of them.