Lower demand from home and abroad is affecting the fortunes of the Dafen art village in Shenzhen. Photo: He Huifeng

Hong Kong protests, trade war paint picture of tough times for China’s go-to village for fake oil paintings

  • Business is drying up as exports fall, domestic demand declines and the unrest in Hong Kong saps interest, insiders from the village of Dafen say
  • The village in Shenzhen used to be home to more than 1,200 galleries, up to 20,000 painters and, at its peak, accounted for about 60 per cent of the global market
Topic |   China economy
Lower demand from home and abroad is affecting the fortunes of the Dafen art village in Shenzhen. Photo: He Huifeng
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