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Chinese Hand Fan (Spring Festival Celebration Series)

February 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

When exactly the Chinese invented hand fans is not recorded. However, we do know that it was rather a discovery of the fanning function. It all started when a farmer was irritated by lots of flies and mosquitoes, he was so frustrated that he picked a big leaf with a long stem from a plant close by to drive the pests away. To his delight, his effort resulted in cooling air movements. Hence, the hand fan was invented.

In ancient China, fans came in various shapes and forms (such as in a leaf, oval or a half-moon shape), and were made in different materials such as silk, bamboo, feathers, etc. A particular status and gender would be associated with a specific type of fan. More than 3,000 years ago, Chinese hand fans were made with bird’s feather, which gave them more graceful and heavenly phoenixes appearance when incorporated with dance movements at the imperial ceremony. During the Song Dynasty, famous artists were often commissioned to paint fans. In the later centuries, Chinese poems and four-word idioms were used to decorate the fans by using Chinese calligraphy brushes.

Welcome to join us to create the beautiful hand fan.

Admission Fee

  • Adults $5
  • Students (12+) / Senior (65+) $4
  • Children (0-12) and Active Military Free



February 3, 2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
404 Third Avenue
San Diego, 92101 United States
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San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
619 338 9888