Apr 10, 2014

In many cultures around the world, the custom of kite flying has been passed from generation to generation almost as a ritual. Kites have been introduced more than three thousand years ago in China and from there the kite flying experience traveled throughout Asia, Europe, and later in America, Australia and other countries around the globe. From the years of Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Graham Bell to the World War II, kites have been used in scientific experiments or as lifting tools for military purposes.

Today, kite flying and its contemporary successors, like kite buggying, kite sailing/surfing, or kite jumping, are considered to be joyful, relatively inexpensive and unique recreational activities practiced around the world, almost all year around.

In China culture, flying kite is like flying into one’s own dreams and imagination. As much as it is fun to fly a kite. Flying kite is so much fun than you can imagine. So on open plazas, you oftenly could see small children, adult or even older play people. Everyone have dreams in their childhood and most of them fading or changed with time past. Here we just talk leisurely about kite culure, fun and dreams.

The traditional kite flying involves flying a tethered man-made object with the help of the natural wind. The necessary lift that permits the kite to fly into the open space is generated when airflow over and under the kite creates the right amount of low pressure above the kite and high pressure underneath it. Those practicing kite flying state that running against the wind while holding the string that connects the center of the kite with the surface is a unique experience that one has to practice in order to fully comprehend.

Typically consisting of one or more spars (sticks), made by bamboo, rattan, or other flexible but strong materials to hold the pressure powers exercised by the wind, classic kites use paper or light fabric sails, such as silk, and are made in different shapes and/or themes, such as birds or dragons. From the classic flat geometric form of a polyester diamond kite, modern designers have created kites that have three-dimensional forms or are made of sparless inflatable designs.

In recent years, kite flying has developed into a competitive sport where precision flying skills and artistic interpretation are required. But for the rest of the world, kite festivals have become a popular form of entertainment. These can be small local events, like traditional festivals, practiced by the local citizens for hundreds of years, to international festivities which bring in kite flyers from distant countries to display their techniques and distinct kite art forms. Moreover, with kite museums all around the world, kites are exposed to the eyes of the public and attract thousands of new practitioners every year. The world kite museum in Weifang Shandong China, the famous international kite capital, is the largest one in the world featuring a display area of more than 8,100 sq.m.

If you have never tried to fly a kite, perhaps next time you are out in the open you should attempt to have your own personal experience. If you decide to experiment with kite flying, please be very careful of the area you select to try this type of recreational activity. Remember that electricity polls or mountain cliffs can prove to be a rather disastrous and dangerous experience not only for the kite, but most importantly for you! Be careful and enjoy your new kite flying recreational activity with family and friends. Practice and see your kite flying skills “fly up high!”.

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