Kites Aflight in Bei­jing

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Liu Xian­shu, pol­ished by Png Yu Fung, pho­tos by Xiu Yuchen

The 2017 Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Kite Festival & Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei Kite Ex­change ac­tiv­ity was held in Bei­jing Gar­den Expo Park, at­tract­ing over 500 kite fly­ers.

The 2017 Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Kite Festival & Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei Kite Ex­change ac­tiv­ity was held in Bei­jing Gar­den Expo Park, at­tract­ing over 500 kite fans all over the world. With bright sun­shine and mild wind, spring is the best time of the year to en­joy na­ture and fly kites. At the Bei­jing Gar­den Expo Park, the beau­ti­ful land­scapes, the Yongding Tower and kites of var­i­ous shapes fly­ing in the sky blend to­gether, form­ing a beau­ti­ful sight.

Fly­ing Hopes and Dreams

Re­cently, the 2017 Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Kite Festival & Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei Kite Ex­change with the theme of “fly­ing hope, fly­ing dream” kicked off in Bei­jing Gar­den Expo Park at the west bank of Yongding River, Feng­tai District. Lead­ers from Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Bureau of Sports, Bei­jing Sports Fed­er­a­tion, Bei­jing Peo­ple's As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries and Feng­tai District Peo­ple's Govern­ment of Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity at­tended the opening cer­e­mony and en­joyed the fun of fly­ing kites to­gether with kite fans from home and abroad.

The 2017 In­ter­na­tional Kite Festival was cospon­sored by Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Bureau of Sports, Bei­jing Sports Fed­er­a­tion, Tian­jin Mu­nic­i­pal Sports Fed­er­a­tion, He­bei Prov­ince Sports Fed­er­a­tion, Bei­jing Peo­ple's As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries and Feng­tai District Peo­ple's Govern­ment of Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. This festival that fo­cuses on Bei­jing's tra­di­tional and cul­tural sports of kite fly­ing, has ex­erted in­flu­ences on pro­mot­ing the ex­change among kite fans from Bei­jing and those from other parts of China and abroad, fur­ther im­ple­ment­ing the Al­lPeo­ple Fit­ness Reg­u­la­tions of Bei­jing, pro­mot­ing an in-depth in­te­gra­tion be­tween all-peo­ple ex­er­cise and all-peo­ple fit­ness, en­hanc­ing the interaction of the mass sports of Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei, and boost­ing the eco­nomic and tourism de­vel­op­ment of Feng­tai District.

This is the fourth In­ter­na­tional Kite Festival to be held in Bei­jing. This year, the scale of the ac­tiv­ity is fur­ther ex­panded, with over 500 kite fans from main­land China, Hong Kong, Ma­cao and Tai­wan and other coun­tries. 10 teams from main­land China, six teams from Hong Kong, Ma­cao and Tai­wan and 24 for­eign teams from United States, Bri­tain, Ger­many, Rus­sia, South Africa, and Malaysia took part in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Build­ing Friend­ships

In or­der to pop­u­larise tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture and folk art and en­hance the friendly ex­change be­tween peo­ple from Bei­jing and for­eign­ers, over 300 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from

for­eign em­bassies in Bei­jing, for­eign-in­vested in­sti­tutes, for­eign ex­perts and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of over­seas stu­dents were in­vited. Over 100 lo­cal kite fans were drawn to the event and they par­tic­i­pated in the in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties.

While en­joy­ing the kite fly­ing per­for­mance amongst the land­scape in the gar­den, the guests also made kites by them­selves at the guid­ance of kite mas­ters and flew the kites as well. In the mild spring wind and warm sun­shine, they ap­pre­ci­ated and en­joyed the charms of the tra­di­tional Chi­nese kite cul­ture. Ea­son, an over­seas student from Pak­istan said he was glad to par­tic­i­pate in the in­ter­na­tional kite festival for the first time. He could see the kites, fly them, and even make one of his own, pro­vid­ing him with the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther un­der­stand the ex­ten­sive and pro­found Chi­nese cul­ture.

Kite fly­ing is an ac­tiv­ity that in­cor­po­rates var­i­ous el­e­ments of art, hand­i­craft, tech­niques, sports, body build­ing, leisure and en­ter­tain­ment. The aims of Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Kite Festival are to pro­vide a plat­form for mak­ing friends through fly­ing kites, fur­ther en­hance the in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence of Bei­jing kites, pro­mote the role of Bei­jing kites in the all-peo­ple fit­ness cam­paign, pro­mote the ex­change be­tween Bei­jing and other places hold­ing kite fes­ti­vals, con­trib­ute to the interaction be­tween Bei­jingers and for­eign­ers in Bei­jing, serve its role in the al­lpeo­ple fit­ness cam­paign of Bei­jing, and help build Bei­jing into an in­ter­na­tional ex­change and sports cen­tre.

Dur­ing the kite festival, kite mas­ters and fans from home and abroad gath­ered, dis­cussed and shared ex­pe­ri­ences on kite mak­ing and kite fly­ing skills. Through the var­i­ous ses­sions, par­tic­i­pants were able to learn the kite cul­tures of dif­fer­ent coun­tries and ar­eas. The ac­tiv­ity has played a pos­i­tive role in pro­mot­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese kite cul­ture, en­hanc­ing folk ex­change on kites, learn­ing folk cus­toms of dif­fer­ent coun­tries and pro­mot­ing the friend­ship of peo­ple from var­i­ous coun­tries.

Fur­ther­more, to pro­mote the ex­change on sports be­tween Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei, kite fans of the three ar­eas have been in­vited for an ex­change ses­sion. The First Kite Fly­ing In­vi­ta­tional Com­pe­ti­tion of Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei was held. The com­pe­ti­tion fea­tured four cat­e­gories of dif­fer­ent kites: dragon kites, kites with hard wings, kites with soft wings and a flat type of kite.

En­joy­ing the Land­scape

Spring is a sea­son of vi­tal­ity. Just as the an­cient Chi­nese poem goes, “As the school fin­ishes early and the east wind blows, the kids hurry to fly kites,” spring is the best sea­son for kite fly­ing. This year's kite festival was held in Bei­jing Gar­den Expo Park, a large park gath­er­ing the artistic essences of Chi­nese and for­eign gar­dens, where gar­den styles fea­tur­ing the var­i­ous parts of China can be found.

Un­der the blue sky and white clouds, trees and flow­ers of var­i­ous kinds flour­ish and com­ple­ment each other, and the Yongding River flows amidst the ar­chi­tec­tures in the gar­den, form­ing a pic­turesque scene. The kites fly­ing in the air add beauty and move­ment to the scenery.

On the af­ter­noon of the opening cer­e­mony, the teams for the kite com­pe­ti­tion and hun­dreds of kite fans gath­ered in Pur­ple Val­ley Eden, a large laven­der park, which is an elab­o­rated de­sign of Bei­jing Cap­i­tal Agribusi­ness Group. In the park are rows of laven­der patches stretch­ing like waves and form­ing a laven­der sea, as well as neatl­yarranged Euro­pean-style build­ings.

The foun­tain plaza is full of artistic ap­peal, and the pin­wheel cor­ri­dor is unique and el­e­gant. As an im­por­tant event on the opening day of the laven­der park, kite mas­ters of China and other coun­tries flew their ex­quis­ite kites of var­i­ous de­signs. It was a splen­did and mes­meris­ing view with the kites fly­ing over the laven­der sea by the Lu­gou Bridge across the Yongding River.

Kites orig­i­nated from China and later spread all over the world. It has a his­tory of over 2,000 years. Kite fly­ing is not only a sport suit­able for peo­ple of all ages, but is also the essence of Chi­nese wis­dom and re­flects China's cul­ture. De­tails and pat­terns with im­pli­ca­tions are of­ten seen on tra­di­tional Chi­nese kites. These in­clude pat­terns of bats and peaches im­ply­ing hap­pi­ness and longevity, as well as pat­terns of cats and but­ter­flies, which bear mean­ings in one's later years.

When fly­ing kites, peo­ple ei­ther run swiftly or walk slowly. This is a way of ex­er­cis­ing for the good of their health. Bei­jing kites en­joy a high rep­u­ta­tion both at home and abroad. In par­tic­u­lar, at in­ter­na­tional kite ex­hi­bi­tions, tra­di­tional Chi­nese kites made by mas­ters in­her­it­ing the tra­di­tional skills of the trade al­ways re­ceive high praises. Over the years, Bei­jing has held var­i­ous kite fes­ti­vals, which are well-re­ceived by all.

Spring is the best sea­son to fly kites. Come re­live child­hood, ex­pe­ri­ence tran­quil­ity and keep phys­i­cally fit. Don't miss this op­por­tu­nity to fly kites!

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