For three generations the Liu family has created exquisite, handmade kites, and a visit to their shop just north of Beihai Park will make you feel like a child again. Owner Liu Bin learned the traditional
Chinese art from his grandfather over 20 years before opening shop in 2003.
Amazing birds, butterflies, long-tailed fish and dozens of
other lucky Chinese creatures hand-painted on to sturdy bamboo frames
fill the tiny store, and proprietor Liu Bing, his son and nonagenarian
father (who made kites for the Imperial family) will custom-make one for
you if you desire something that flies a little higher.
Shaped as everything from swallows to
dragons, these gorgeous paper kites
start from 100-200RMB, while the topof-
the-line ones cost over 10,000RMB.
On request, Liu can whip up custom
designs and the shop occasionally
offers kite-making courses. Even if
you’re not taking them to the park for a
day out, these kites make beautiful,