Plenty of paperwork

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2012, 12:00am


Origami, or the art of folding paper, is said to have originated in China as early as the Sui dynasty (581-618), when Buddhist monks, travelling to Korea and Japan, brought with them gifts of paper folded into different shapes.

In Ningbo, a special kind of origami contest was held last September - folding paper using old lottery tickets. As in other mainland cities, sports lotteries are hugely popular in Ningbo, and people have a habit of folding their old tickets into various shapes. Pictured are spectacular and colourful displays of origami in the forms of various Chinese mythical creatures, such as the dragon, phoenix and unicorn.