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Coconut shell carving, a handicraft symbol of Hainan

Updated: 2017-12-26 11:26:50

The coconut shell carving is a handicraft symbol of Hainan. Hainan coconut shell carvings are handicrafts made mostly from coconut shells. They appear in different shapes and colors, with unique Hainan characteristics.




Hainan’s coconut shell carving was listed as the national intangible cultural heritage in 2008.




The history of coconut shell carving dates back to the Tang Dynasty, when people used the shells to make bowls, spoons, and cups. By the time of the Song Dynasty, delicate carvings and sculptures began to make their way onto local coconut artifacts.



There are various means to carve a coconut shell, plane relief carving, stereoscopic relief carving, reversible pattern relief carving, as well as shell carvings. You can find more than 300 different kinds of carved coconut products, such as tableware, tea sets, wine sets, smoking sets, vases, and various hanging and standing screens. They are uniquely designed and easy to use.


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Today, numerous forms of coconut shell carvings are available. Many coconut artisans use seashells and the coconut wood’s natural texture to form their creations, which make for popular souvenirs.




Here are the 2 popular shopping places in Sanya for Hainan coconut shell carving tourist products:


Night market at Sanya First Market 三亚第一市场夜市



Address: No. 155, Xinjian Street, Sanya / 三亚市区新建街155号
Transport: Bus Route 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 11, 16, 26, 30, 31, 40, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54 and get off at Yi Shi Chang Lu Kou Zhan Bus Stop (一市场路口站)


Commercial Pedestrian Street in Jiefang Road 解放路步行街



Address: Next to the Sanya Bus Station, Jiefang Road, Sanya 三亚市解放路汽车站旁
Transport: Bus Route 2,4,7,8,10,12,16,30 or 31 and get off at Qi Che Zong Zhan Bus Stop (汽车总站公交站)