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San Shi Zhai Feng Zheng Kite Store, Beijing

29 Di'anmen Xidajie
Tel: 86 10 8404 4505's insider take:

Kite-flying has been a Chinese pastime for centuries, and the Liu family has catered to kite fans for three generations. Their tiny store is filled with colorful, traditional handmade kites, each a delicate creation of bamboo and paper that's painted by hand. Some are simply designed, while others take weeks to complete; among the selections are kites shaped like dragonflies, sleek turtles, and long-finned goldfish.

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