Kites Aflight in Beijing
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.
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!