The Second China (Guyuan) Kite-flying Competition was held in Guyuan county in North China’s Zhangjiakou city from July 29 to 30.
Sponsored by General Administration of Sport and the China Kite Flying Association, the two-day competition had 14 events in three categories. Over 180 participants from all over China formed some 40 teams to compete in the events.
Kites used for competitions are distinctive, mainly in the shape of swallows, goldfish, centipedes, octopuses, dragons, giant pandas and Peking Opera masks. They are usually big enough to just fit into a room.
Kite flying has a history of more than 2,000 years in China. It is thought to have begun as a means to pass military information during war, and gradually became a popular folk pastime in spring.
In ancient times, people wrote down their sufferings on kites. When the kites flew very high, they would cut the lines, hoping their misfortunes would also disappear.
Kites in the shape of animals and Beijing Opera masks fly during the Second China (Guyuan) Kite-flying Competition held in Guyuan county, Zhangjiakou city. [Photo/hebnews.cn]
A giant panda-shaped kite takes off during the Second China (Guyuan) Kite-flying Competition. [Photo/ zjknews.com]
Competitors pose with their kites during the competition. [Photo/hebnews.cn]