==== ====All Kinds of High Quality Kites and other great stuff you find here :http://clix.superclix.de/cgi-bin/tclix.cgi?id=traveler&pp=13685&linknr=34824==== ====Chinese kites have been flying for thousands of years, so it makes sense to present their historyby the millennium! Chinas literary tradition is vast, and the facts below are based on a number ofspecific events that have been recorded in ancient Chinese texts.1000 BC to 0 BCThe military used large wooden kites called muyuan, somewhere between 770 BC and 221 BC.This period actually contained 2 separate periods of Chinese history, the Spring and AutumnPeriod (770 BC - 476 BC) and the subsequent Warring States Period (475-221 BC). Developed asmilitary technology, the first Chinese kites were invented in the province of Shandong.There is a record of a certain master of joinery named Mu Zi who developed a man-lifting kite overa period of 3 years. It was called the Wooden-Black-Eard-Kite. At least one more kite of thisdesign was made in later years, by other craftsmen.Further development of the Eard kites occurred during the Chu-Han War of 203-202 BC. Besidesspying on enemy positions, kites were sometimes used to deliver urgent messages.1 AD to 1000 ADThe first century AD saw the rise of the prosperous Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). Around this timeChinese people from many walks of life discovered the simple enjoyment of kite flying. Traditionalbamboo and paper, or bamboo and silk styles of kite had their origins way back here.Even more designs and new ideas, such as the musical kite, emerged in later centuries. Theres arecord of a palace worker in the 900s AD who fixed bamboo pipes to a kite to make it sing in thewind. Ever since then, the word for kite in Chinese has been fengzheng.The 900s were known for the introduction of silk-covered kites with beautiful and detailed hand-painted designs. These kites also carried many ornate accessories such as streamers andribbons. So much went into these kites that its likely they were only made and used by the royaltyand aristocracy of the time.1000 AD to 2000 ADAfter 1000 AD Chinese kites became more popular in all levels of Chinese society. If you couldntafford silk, there was always paper! Kite flying eventually became a seasonal activity. Most flyingwas done during and after Chinese New Year and through to March or April. For some areas ofChina, there were better winds for flying kites at these times.
Many Chinese believed that kite flying was good for your health! This was around the time of theQing Dynasty (1644-1911). Other superstitious ideas were around at this time too. For example,letting go of the kite string might get rid of back luck or illness as the kite drifted away. On the otherhand, picking up a kite lost by someone else would bring bad luck!By the late 1900s, China had a number of significant kite flying festivals where a large variety ofkites were on show. Everything from the small Chinese butterfly to extremely large Chinesedragon kites. Notable kite makers would show off their creations, just like at other kite festivalsaround the world.Since 2000 ADSome Chinese kite makers are getting more adventurous these days. In a similar way to theWestern kite scene, new innovative designs, art kites and novelty designs are appearing.Yearly kite festivals are still popular, for example the World Kite Festival at Weifang, in ShandongProvince. Shandong? Yes, thats where the very first kites that historians know about wereconstructed and flown.To see Chinese kites purely as art, you can see a great collection at the International KiteMuseum, also in WeiFang. You can walk down the halls and visually take in much of the history ofChinese kites.Tim Parish and his family are rediscovering the joys of kite flying. They blog their kiting fun on theirMy-Best-Kite.com website, and also research the kiting world. This site will introduce you to manykinds of kites and kite flying activities, including Chinese kites of course!Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Tim_Parish==== ====All Kinds of High Quality Kites and other great stuff you find here :http://clix.superclix.de/cgi-bin/tclix.cgi?id=traveler&pp=13685&linknr=34824==== ====