19-Apr-2021 – The world’s biggest kite, shaped like a dragon and stretching over 280 meters, soared in the skies over the city of Weifang.
It took 28 craftsmen 48 days to design and complete the kite. Flying it required 55 people, said Zhang Huagang, general manager of Weifang Tianshun Kite Productions and one of the kite makers.
The kite festival, now in its 38th edition, opened on Friday in the presence of hundreds of amateurs and professionals, who flocked to the city from near and far to display their creations at the event. This year’s festival features a record 1,628 kites in various forms by 500 participants divided into 188 teams from over 31 provinces and regions from across the country.
The city, known as the kite capital of the world, also launched the “Kite Festival Online” this year, calling on more than 140 countries and regions to take part in the virtual event. The festival will run through May 5.
WEIFANG, China, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On September 26, more than 1,100 kite lovers from 31 provincial regions in China gathered in the kite capital of Weifang in east China’s Shandong Province to attend the opening ceremony of the 37th Weifang International Kite Festival.
The COVID-19 epidemic has made it impossible for foreign players to participate in Weifang, but online platforms allowed them to join the festival, with 51 kite teams from 45 countries and regions sharing their kite-flying on screens to echo the audience on the spot. This is also the first time for the fair to be held in autumn.
The Weifang International Kite Festival has been held for 37 years in a row, making it one of China’s first international festivals. The festival’s priorities have always been to create the best experience for participants.
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