Let’s Go Fly A Kite…

Fly your kite

Fly your kite

Learn It!

Did you know that kites were first flown in China 3,000 years ago? And even today, kite flying remains a popular pastime.

Kites around the World

In China, the city of Weifang, Shandong Province, is known as the kite capital of the world. Each April, they host a kite festival that has thousands of competitors from across the world. Did you know: on every weekend of the year, there is at least one kite festival somewhere in the world?

Ancient Kite Duals

In ancient China kite makers would glue glass pieces and pottery to their kites and have a sky dual to see who could cut the other’s kite first!

Musical Kites

Many years ago, kite flyers would also attach pipes and whistles to their kites so they would make musical sounds as they flew. The Chinese name for a kite is fēng zhēng, which means wind harp. The name comes from early Chinese kites which used to carry wind musical instruments.

Kites against Evil

The ancient Chinese used kites to ward off evil spirits. Kites were often used to carry messages into the heavens for the gods. Even today the Chinese regard kites as symbols of good fortune.

Kite Materials

People were flying kites 1,000 years before paper was invented. In china, kites would be made strong from bamboo, people would use pieces of silk, later paper was used as a more convenient material for kites.

Kite Trains

In China you might see a kite train, a kite train often comes in the form of a dragon, it is made of many small kites joined by string and some can be more than 100 meters long!

Useful Kites

Did you know that kites aren’t just for fun; they have been used in these ways, too:

• The airplane is a development of the kite.
• Kites have been used in many sea rescues.
• A kite was used to get a cable across Niagara River so they could build a bridge.
• For centuries kites have been used in battles, for signaling, lifting, observing, target practice and for dropping propaganda leaflets.
• The Wright Brothers used kites to determine pitch and yaw.
• The Chinese believe that looking at kites high in the sky maintains good eyesight.

Nowadays, kites often come in the style of mythical creatures, insects or birds.

Make It!

Using twigs, chopsticks, bamboo or straws.

You will need: Paper, twigs, tape, scissors, string.

Print

Place your twigs in a cross shape, and stick together.

1. Place your twigs in a cross shape, and stick together.

Place on papper

2. Place on papper

Add more twigs and join the edges into a kite shape.

3. Add more twigs and join the edges into a kite shape.

Cover your kite on the other side.

4. Cover your kite on the other side.

5. Using the left over paper you can make tails.

5. Using the left over paper you can make tails.

6. Add the string to the center structure of your kite.

6. Add the string to the center structure of your kite.

7. Paint your kite.

7. Paint your kite.

Do It!

Dongguan has some good spots for kite flying. Where will you fly?

Qifeng Park – Tallest mountain in downtown Dongguan, easy to get to, pretty views of the lake, some open grass areas.

Huying Park – Lots of small lakes, a pagoda, good walking trails, bridge, lit up at night time.

Green World – Large open grass spaces, pretty flowers.

Tongsha Ecological Park – Hills, water and bicycle tails.

Songshan Lake – Walks and cycling trails around a large lake.

Shui Lian Shan – Open spaces, no cars allowed into the main park.

Songhu Yan Yu – A lot of flowers, picnic area.

Botanical Gardens – Windmills, fields of flowers.

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