Three Stone Kite Shop

Family business that once made kites for the emperor

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Run my a man who’s great grandfather used to make kites for the emperor, this wonderful family business is my favourite kite shop in Beijing.

There are kites to suit all sorts here, from the cheap and cheerful to the wildly expensive; from the tiniest kites you’ll see anywhere, to huge dragon kites which require a team of people to launch.

Many of the kites are handmade, or hand painted, or both. And you can also pick up quality kite accessories such as lines, winders and reels.

Staff speak very little English, but everything is laid out nicely on display so browsing is easy.

Prices start from as little as ¥15 for one of the tiny kites, and rise to as much as ¥6,000 for a handmade, hand-painted beauty. Expect to pay around ¥100 for a reasonable-quality, average-sized kite.

Reels come separately, and are comparable in price. Small kite reels to go with those tiny kites cost just Â¥20. An average-length, normal-quality hard-plastic reel should cost between ¥60 and ¥100. Better quality, longer, stronger reels can cost up to ¥1,500.

There are some great kite-flying spots in Beijing. Near here is Beihai Park. Not far north is Temple of Earth Park, while further south you’ll find Temple of Heaven Park and the park at Yongdingmen Gate. But even if you don’t fancy flying one while you’re here, the kites at this shop make wonderful souvenirs.

Related Video Clip:
Follow this link ? to see the episode of Lonely Planet’s Best in China, in which I made and flew a kite with this guy. Note, you cannot view the video in China due to censorship of YouTube.

25 Di’anmen Xidajie

Nearest subway:
Gulou Dajie or Pinganli (both 1.5km)

At A Glance

25 Di'anmen Xidajie
kites ¥15-¥6,000, reels ¥20-¥1,500

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