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Adult coloring books become new local trend


  Adult coloring books have become a new phenomenon in Wuhan. Online book stores sold out of books like The Creative Coloring Book for Grown-Ups about two weeks after they were made available. Coloring book recommendations are now quite common on social media platforms like WeChat. These adult coloring books are not just a local trend; they are also very popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan.


    Why are these books so popular? The editor for the Chinese version of The Creative Coloring Book for Grown-Ups, Yuan Xiaocha, explained that coloring is a great way to help adults relieve stress.

  Yuan got involved with coloring books back in 2005 when her mother was diagnosed with melancholic depression. After learning that coloring books can help relieve stress, Yuan bought one for her mother. With regular encouragement, she steadily became more and more interested in coloring. "After two months of coloring, a smile reappeared on my mother's face. She recovered from her depression."

  Yuan said that coloring books offer adults who don't normally draw or paint the opportunity to explore their creative side. They also help people relax. The busier people get, the more they need an outlet for relaxation. Coloring is the perfect choice.

  About 10 different coloring books for adults are now available domestically. All of these books were brought in from abroad. Yuan said that her publishing house plans to release an original coloring book soon.

  Example of an adult coloring page