Soar­ing

Beijing Review - - Culture -

Kong Ling­min, a 72-year-old Bei­jinger, is the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion maker of the Cao kite, which was de­vel­oped by his father in the 1940s by draw­ing from a book on kite-mak­ing writ­ten by Cao Xue­qin, au­thor of A Dream of the Red Man­sions, dur­ing the Qing Dy­nasty (1644-1911).

Kong, along with his father and son, have been iden­ti­fied as na­tional non-ma­te­rial cul­tural her­itage in­her­i­tors, with their works col­lected and fea­tured by mu­se­ums in both China and abroad.

Cao wrote the book on kite-mak­ing in or­der to teach the poor to make a liv­ing, Kong said, adding that it’s not only an honor but also a re­spon­si­bil­ity to be a cul­tural her­itage in­her­i­tor.

“We should not only spread the tech-

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