Shijia Courtyard (Shi Jia Da Yuan)

There is a lot of special things about the Spring Festival in China, and there is much more to experience than festival staples jiaozi (dumplings), baozhu (firecrackers) and yangge (popular rural folk dancing).

In nearby Tianjin Municipality, New Year's paintings add a special touch of Spring Festival harmony. So if you are interested in traditional Chinese folk painting and you happen to have a free day during the festival, travel to Tianjin's Yangliuqing Town and have a look. You won't be disappointed.

Since the Chongzhen period (1628-1644) of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), peasants and folk artists of New Year's paintings have collected sketches and carved wooden, creating a unique style of craftsmanship in their New Year's paintings.

Shijia Courtyard, this 6,080-square-metre courtyard was built in 1875; it contains 12 courts and a beautiful private opera platform. The home belonged to one of the Four Big Families in Tianjin at the end of the Qing Dynasty. In addition to some famous New Year's paintings, more than 130 pieces of fine brick sculpture are collected in the Shijia Courtyard. Brick sculpture is a decorative art and was widely used in ancient buildings in China.

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