Top 5 places for flying a kite in Beijing

13/05/2011
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 Did you see the spring is coming?

Kite Flying in Beijing

Kite Flying in Beijing

There is an old saying in China that one can never know when spring is coming until seeing the kite in the sky.

Kite flying is a traditional with nearly 3,000 years history and still plays an important role in Chinese culture today. Now, Chinese don’t only fly a kite in spring, but also enjoy this entertainment on any sunny windy day.

Here are the five best places for flying a kite in Beijing City. Let’s go to join in the locals!

No.1 Tian’anmen Square

 Fly a Kite in Tian'anmen Square

Enjoy the typical local life here!

Tian’anmen Square is the broadest and most classic place for the local to fly a kite. It covers 44 hectares with the capacity of 1 million people. Even not in spring, you can still see the local kite lovers fly a kite here.

Location: Chang’an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Transportation: take subway Line 1 and get off at Tian’anmen East Station

No.2 Beijing Olympics Forest Park South Gate

Fly a Kite in Olympic Green

Flying higher and faster in the Olympic Forest Park!

The Beijing Olympic Forest Park, to the south of the centre part of the Beijing Olympic Green, is the largest green landscape of urban in Asia. And it is the nearest forest park in Beijing. Next to the South Gate, is a square of 40 thousand square meters.

Location: Kehui Road, Beijing

Transportation: take Tour bus NO.2 to the Beijing Olympic Forest Park South Gate Station

No.3 Haidian Park

Fly a Kite in Haidian Park

Flying a kite in the evergreen great lawn, enjoying the sunshine and green of spring, how pleasant it is!

Haidian Park is located in the northwest of Beijing, near Tsinghua University and Peking University. To the west is the Summer Palace, and to the east is Zhongguancun Science and Technology Park. It covers 40 hectares(100-acre), including a main square of 21 thousand square meters and a great lawn of 20 thousand square meters.

Location: Side Road of N. 4th Ring Road West Haidian, Beijing

Transportation: take bus No.374 and get off to Haidian Bridge West, walk to the park about 8 minutes.

N0.4 Beijing Exhibition Centre

Fly a Kite in Beijing Exhibition Center

Beijing Exhibition is in the Xizhimen Business area and closed to Beijing Zoo transportation junction. The front square is about 30 thousand square meters. You can run freely to fly your kite higher.

Location: 135,Xizhimen Outer Street, Xicheng

Transportation: take subway Line 4 to Xizhimen Station

N0.5 Taiyanggong Park

Fly a Kite in Taiyanggong

Taiyanggong Park is near the Wangjing Bridge. By the side of the No.4th Ring Road East, it is convenient to get there.

Location: 6, Taiyanggong Middle Road, Chaoyang, Beijing

Transportation: take subway Line 10 to Taiyanggong Station

Basic Information about Chinese kites:

Chinese kites originated during the Warring States Period (476 BC-221 BC). The deft craftsman Lu Ban was said to be the inventor. His invention was named after the ‘Yuan’, a bird of the hawk family with a long, often forked tail and long pointed wings. He made the kite out of thin wooden or bamboo strips. After the Han Dynasty (206 BC -220 AD), paper was introduced into kite-making and replaced the wood and bamboo.

In the past, kite flying was not only a recreational sport, but was also historically used for sending messages, measuring distances, testing the wind, lifting men, and managing communication during military operations.

Chinese kites may be differentiated into four main categories:

  • Centipede Kites:
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Centipede-Kites

Centipedes are kites-trains with a dragon head and a train of equally dimensioned kite disks.These kites gives an attractive and vivid in-flight view, especially when the wind moves and deforms the kite train.

  • Hard Winged Kites:

  

Hard Winged Kites

Kites with hard wings have symmetrically arranged bamboo frames;the rigid central frame enhances the overall rigidity of the kite, as does the directly to the frame glued paper or silk covering.

  • Soft Winged Kites :

 

Soft Winged Kites

The wings of this kind of kites do have rigid upper rims. The lower sections of all these wings are flexible.Very often these kind of kites have more than one pair of wings, that are arranged one pair above the other.

  • Flat Kites:

Flat Kites

Flat kites are constructed within a single plane, and are made of a complete rigid bamboo frame.

All (four) sides of the frame or of the frame segements are limited by bamboo spars.

These kites are very easy to fly. Most of them are flown with long tails to grant a stable