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    Weifang World Kite Museum
    Tel:0536-8251752 / 8237313
    Fax:0536-8227009
    Email:wfwkm@sina.com
    Address:66 Xingzheng Street, Weifang City, Shandong, P.R. China
    Post Code:261041

Weifang World Kite Museum

Exhibitions

Exhibition Hall No.3

The Excellent Kites Exhibition in the world (The International Culture of Kites)

1、The development history of abroad kites

There were different opinions about how did the Chinese kites came into different parts of the world. Generally speaking, its route was from the neighbor countries Korea, Japan, Myanmar, India to the Arabian countries, North Africa to the Mediterranean Sea. Record has it that its route was from China to Malaysia, by way of Hawaii to New Zealand; by way of Mongolia to Russia; by way of the Silk Road or the sea route of the Indian Ocean to Europe and to the different parts of the world successively in 12th century A.D. In the book of《The History of Scientific Technique in China》, Li Yuese, an English scholar, listed kites as one of the significant inventions that China spread to Europe.
  After kites came into different countries throughout the world, they received deep love by people. Different countries made innovation and development to the kites, according to their own customs, and formed different characteristics and styles in different countries and areas. Thus kites, an entertainment tool, had been added to the culture connotation of different countries.

2、The Korean Kites

History has it that the Korean Kites were spread by the Buddhism believers and were used in military, telecom, communication and other fields as early as 647 B.C.The Chinese culture had strong influence on the content of the Korean Kites, for example, tai chi, Chinese Zodiac, Chinese paintings with flowers and birds, etc.1725 A.D witnessed the beginning of flying kites by the common people. At that time, anyone who was good at flying kites would be rewarded. Ever since then, flying kites had became the custom of the common people. In ancient times, letters like “ throwing away the disaster and praying for happiness” would be written on the tail of the kites, then fly them in the hope of getting rid of the bad luck and welcoming the good luck. In recent years, a new type of kite, “beating kite”, has been just emerged. The lines are special-made. During flying, they outwit each other by cutting off the lines of rivals.

3、The Japanese Kites

The Japanese Kites were spread from China in 794 A.D. The backbones and bright colours of the Japanese Kites share similarity with that of in China. Usually are the following kites: the giant letter kites, hexagon kites, lozenge banner kites, hard-winged kites, crace kites, turtle kites, centipede kites and so on. Since the customs in each area in Japan are quite different, so are the connotation of flying kites. Sometimes the kite is regarded as a lucky symbol for the pray of the birthplace of male children, while it is considered to pray for the heavy harvest and happiness for the next year.

4、The Malaysian Kites
  Kites in Malaysia are regarded as God. People consider the making and flying as a serious issue. They are quite strict with the decoration of the kites, from the design to clip, paste and painting. The Malaysian Kites are mainly used in folklore activities. Each year in April, after the harvest of rice paddy, flying kites will be held in celebration of harvest. The Malaysians are fond of kites like fishes, eagles, cats and so on. What they love best is the Moon Kite, with a round moon at its head and the mouth of moon towards down. The rice spikes are hung at the corner of two sides and the upper of the kites is like a small and round moon, with the mouth towards up. Kites in Malaysia are also a kind of decoration. People used to hunging exquisite and different kites on the wall for decoration. Even the National Museum displays special artistic kites of own countries.

5、The European and American Kites

13th century A.D witnessed the return of Mark Polo from China to Europe. Kites began to spread in western countries and were widely used in scientific experiments.
  The European and American Kites are usually dominated by triangle kites, solid kites and flat kites. Geometry designs occupy most, with bright colors and sharp contrast. Attention is focused on the takeoff effect. The multiple-lined kites are able to make stunt performance, like turning up and down in the sky. The backbones are made of glass-ironed tubes or carbonized plastic pole and sew it with nylon in different colors, which is firm and convenient to carry.