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Kite flying season in China...


๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ? ๐˜‰๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด.

๐—ž๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ !


Springtime, end of March and April is the perfect windy season for flying kites in China. Last weekend Tongzhou Canal Park in #Beijing was filled with people enjoying flying kites in all colors and sizes.






๐˜ˆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ขโ€ฆ


* Kite flying is especially popular during #Qingming (Tomb Sweeping) Festival which usually falls at the beginning of April (this April 5, 2022).


* Kites were invented about 2300 years ago by two philosophers, Mozi and Lu Ban, during the Warring States Period (475โ€“221 BC), which followed the relatively peaceful and philosophical Spring and Autumn Period.


* Kites played a role in providing intelligence in ancient Chinese military battles. Kites were made to measure distances, providing information to aid moving large armies across difficult terrain. They were used to calculate and record wind readings, similar to ship flags at sea.






* During times in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), kites were flown during spring to drive off bad luck, wishing a sound health and bless a good harvest season. Kite designs, such as shapes and colors, all have different meanings and symbolism. As always, red is a color often found on kites because this is one of the colors associated with good luck.


* The city of #Weifang in #Shandong province is Chinaโ€™s โ€œKite Capitalโ€ with a long kite history, worldโ€™s largest International Kite Festival, a kite museum and lots of kite manufacturers.


* It is said that Marco Polo allegedly witnessed the first โ€œparagliderโ€ in 1282, a manned kite flying in in Weifang, Shandong province. According his travel diary, there was a tradition in Weifang at the time that involved binding a sailor to a large kite to a ship as it rode with the wind for good fortune of the sea voyage.





"๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ? ๐˜‰๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด."


A poem by Luo Qilan ้งฑ็ถบ่˜ญ (courtesy name Peixiang ไฝฉ้ฆ™). She was a renowned poet and painter from Jiangsu province in 18th centry Qing Dynasty. The poem expresses the broken kite, "this trip can take the root of the disease." Therefore, others do not pick up the kite that has broken the line, which is the "obscurity" of the release.


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