Yesterday, I spent a whole day on the sofa and with my smartphone in my hand. Time flied from my hand during my watching of TV series and scan the internet. However in ancient China, like my parents' generation, they have no smart phone, no internet,how did they spend their holiday time?
Instead, they came up with interesting games to play with their friends. For example, stone balls. During the Qing Dynasty, kicking a stone ball around was a popular sport in the north part of China, and it was often played in the winter to keep warm, stones were carved into small balls and kicked along with feet.
They also played flying kites. Kites have quite a long history. The earliest kites were made of wood, instead of paper.
Nowadays, the three most famous kites are the Beijing kite, Tianjin kite and Weifang kite, which each has distinctive features. The swallow-shaped kite is a well-known Beijing style.
- Chen Tao -
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