The Cui Yongping Shadow Puppet Art Museum will be closing its doors on Thursday December 26 which means you've got 10 days to check it out. If you haven't been (or heard of it), this is a great place to bring kids or anyone young at heart who's interested in puppetry.
The private museum, located down in Tongzhou district, is dedicated to the 2,000-year-old art form of shadow puppetry. Ring the bell to enter the museum, tucked away in a residential complex, and meet amiable curator Mrs Wang, who will take you around the artifacts with her excellent Chinese hospitality – but limited English.
The small rooms are packed with hundreds of hand-crafted puppets and collections from different periods in Chinese history. Finally, you can make your own little performance while learning to control a fiddly, five-stick shadow puppet under Mrs Wang’s expert guidance.
Make sure you don’t miss the 500 shadow puppet heads hand-made by the museum’s curators.
For more museums around the city, check out our Beijing museum guide for the best, weirdest and quirkiest spots to tour.
Cui Yongping Shadow Puppet Art Museum Apartment 413, Unit 4, Building 16, Jinqiao Huayuan (housing complex), Majuqiao, Tongzhou district (6050 2692; 131 6133 4683). 30RMB. Reservations required. 市通州区马驹桥金桥花园16号楼