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Chinese New Year Posters

Every year San Francisco-based artist Niana Liu creates a Chinese New Year’s puzzle poster based on one of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. The twelve original puzzle diagrams were formed by Qing dynasty scholar Tong Xiegeng, inventor of the fifteen-piece tangram puzzle… < more >

Three Fish Competing for the Moon
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Three Fish Competing for the Moon

Jiucheng village, southwest of Wuqiang in Hebei province, was an important production center for Wuqiang’s famous New Year’s prints. During the late Qing dynasty and early Republic period the village had around twelve family workshops with ten to twenty workers each. During that time the village… < more >