Chinese kite strings tied to New Zealand children's hearts
(chinadaily.com.cn)| Updated : 2018-09-13Print Print
An experience course featuring a Weifang kite-making and flying activity was held at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington, New Zealand on Sept 12.
Guo Hongli, a representative inheritor of Weifang kites, showcased traditional Chinese kite-making skills and taught local students to fly kites, impressing teachers and students.
Weifang, in East China's Shandong province, is the birthplace of kites. Known as "the city of Yuan" ("Yuan" meant kite in ancient China), Weifang boasts a long history of kite-making with exquisite workmanship.
Weifang kites, a traditional handicrafts treasure in the city, was named a national intangible cultural heritage in 2006. Today, more than 70 percent of the world's kites are exported from Weifang.
A student tries to fly a Chinese traditional kite at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington, New Zealand on Sept 12. [Photo/Xinhua]
Guo Hongli (second from right), the inheritor of Weifang kites, helps students fly kites into the sky at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington, New Zealand on Sept 12. [Photo/Xinhua]