Sanshizhai Kite Store (三石斋风筝)

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25A Di’anmen Xi Dajie

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 Bing 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 top-of-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, decorative gifts.


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Venue name: Sanshizhai Kite Store (三石斋风筝)
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Opening hours: 10am-7pm daily
English address: 25A Di’anmen Xi Dajie Xicheng
Chinese address: 西城区地安门西大街甲25
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