Ruoshuitang Oil Paper Umbrella Workshop

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144 Gulou Dong Dajie
Souvenir shops across the city, nay, the country, peddle traditional Chinese umbrellas – the contraptions are, after all, believed to have been invented here – but Ruoshuitang’s are the real, robust deal. Handmade by the store’s crafters, their mechanisms are fully wooden, with durable oil paper canopies, all treated to prevent rain damage – these aren’t purely decorative, and they’ll be a hell of a statement piece on a rainy day. The cheapest, an 84cm canopy with a simple one-colour design comes in at 180RMB, while more sizeable offerings with complex and often one-off painted motifs will set you back a little more.
Venue name: Ruoshuitang Oil Paper Umbrella Workshop
Opening hours: 10am-9pm daily
English address: 144 Gulou Dong Dajie, Doncheng district
Chinese address: 东城区鼓楼东大街144号
  • 4 out of 5 stars