The 30th Weifang International Kite Festival. Weifang, Shandong province, China, 2013.

It was in 1984 that the Weifang International Kite Festival took off and has been attracting more and more attention every year.

Since then Weifang became the kite capital of the world. This year on April 22 I visited the famous mountain Fayanshan (浮烟山) where the event takes place.

The field was divided into parts for amateurs and for professionals, as well as for the “dangerous” kites, as they are called.

The kites differ in shapes and colours, meaning and function… Such a great variety! This event is another example of how modern is mixed with traditional in China, there the former is taking over the latter. The huge contemporary volume kites are more attractive to the eye and of course more visible in the sky.

A Chinese opera face kite

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In fact, I was surprised to find out and witness different flying techniques exercised in different countries! Some just float in the sky aimlessly, some move around, others fly like rockets making beautiful ornaments in the sky…

Check out this kite…