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There is a wider variety of papercutting patterns available than you can imagine.Chinese paper cutting is a unique art form and has existed for a long history.Surrounding the Imperial Palace, hutongs were established throughout the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties.Most of the hutongs we see today were built during the Ming and Qinq.The place is known as Shichahai Area where most local residents still live in traditional courtyard-styled houses dotted along old hutongs.Your Beijing trip is not complete without visiting Shichahai Area.The word "hutong" is Mongolian in origin, meaning a "water well".In the old time with the digging of new wells, came the new communities.
The art of paper-cutting was listed in the first group of national non-material cultural heritage approved by the Chinese State Council in 2006, and it was listed as a world non-material cultural heritage by UNESCO in the same year. Inside Painted Bottles Snuff bottles were popularly used by the common Chinese and royal family members as well during the Qing Dynasty.
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