Kite-making a new class for Chinese teens

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-03-30 11:53
Students in Rugao, East China's Jiangsu province, learn the basics of kite-making, a historical cultural heritage, on March 29, 2020. [Photo/sipaphoto.com]

Originating during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) as the "wooden bird", kites are one of the most time-honored handicrafts in Chinese culture. People have been flying kites as outdoor entertainment since the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Most kites resemble birds, such as swallows and eagles. Made of bamboo canes and painted paper or silk, they reflect the unique aesthetics of Chinese artisans.

On March 29, the inheritor of kite-making craft in East China's Jiangsu province held a benefit course, teaching local students basic techniques for building a kite.

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