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Wuxi Clay Figurines
Clay figurines are Wuxi’s most famous folk craft. The techniques for making and decorating the figurines have been developed among the ordinary people of the area for many centuries, and these traditional styles and techniques are still used today. The themes and decoration of the small statues make them a charming example of traditional Chinese folk culture. Connoisseurs classify the figurines into two main types - simple and fine. The two styles differ in their shape, decoration, production, and also history. Perhaps the most interesting to foreign tourists are the "simple" figurines, which are the most traditional and have a distinctive folk style and are steeped in many local customs and traditions. They are first shaped with a simple mold, and artisans add specific details by hand. They are decorated with the symbols of good luck, prosperity, and happiness that were popular among the peasants and ordinary people of Jiangsu in past centuries. In keeping with their folk style, they are decorated in bright, lively colors like green, blue, and yellow, and their shape and expressions are very stylized.
Wuxi city logo “Yufeifeng” is a cultural symbol .Yu Feifeng is a precious cultural heritage of Wuxi. The shape and the background of it stand for the Wuxi’s inspiring intelligence and beautiful scenery.
Yixing, near Shanghai, has a long history as the "Pottery Capital" of China. It was here during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) that the world’s first teapots were created. During the years that followed, the distinctive reddish stoneware teapots of Yixing came to be considered as the "best vessel for brewing tea" by Chinese tea aficionados. In the late 17th century Yixing teapots were introduced to Europe along with the first tea shipments, and provided the models for the earliest Dutch, German and English teapots.
Yixing has a long history of ceramic production and is regarded as “Chinese capital of ceramic”. She have been more than 5,000 years of history of ceramic production. Yixing Ceramic is Well-known around the world.
The Wuxi Huishan Clay Figurines
One piece particularly representative of Huishan clay figurines is Da A Fu, meaning "great good fortune." It features two lovely, plump children, a boy and a girl, each holding a tiny lion. The figurine is considered a symbol of happiness and auspiciousness.
Due to its plentiful artistic charm, Da A Fu has become the synonym of Huishan Clay Figurine. The mascot of the 1992 China Tour and Sightseeing Year is Da A Fu of Huishan Clay Figurine which symbolizes national peace and prosperity.