Further along the street is Shengtangxuan run by the Tang family who make paper and cloth kites, Manchurian clay toys and Beijing Opera masks. Tang Qiliang is a Manchurian in his 80’s and started making toys about 70 years ago. A number of his toys can be seen in the China Art Gallery and Capital Museum. The toys made by Tang are influenced by classic tales like Journey to the West and the legend of The Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea. Visitors to the shop can also buy wooden spinning tops, toy drums and paper windmills. Prices are extremely reasonable.
Open daily from 9am to 7pm
Telephone: 8404 7179
Visit these shops to enjoy a special kind of craftsmanship.
Photographs by Russell Uebergang