During Qingming festival 清(qīng)明(míng)节(jié) people fly kites to honor their ancestors.

Once they are flying high in the sky the tradition is to cut them free. It is said this can bring good luck, and good health.

History of Kite

It is thought that the invention of the kite dates back to the 5th-century BC, first designed by Chinese philosophers Mozi 墨(mò)子(zǐ) and Lu Ban 鲁(lǔ)班(bān).

By 549 AD paper kites were certainly being flown, as in that year a paper kite was recorded as being used as a message for a rescue mission. Ancient and medieval Chinese sources describe kites being used for measuring distances  and wind strength as well as for lifting men, making signals and as part of communications for military operations.

To celebrate China’s proud tradition of flying kites Omeida arranged an outing to Duihe 对(duì) 河(hé) for students. Duide is a very beautiful place. Take a look at our colorful kites as below.

Do You Know How to Fly a Kite?

Here are some tips.

First you need to wait for a windy day. The general method is to have a friend help you if you are a beginner. One person carries the kite (they are called the kite runner) and the other person holds the kite string.

You need to stand at least 5 meters apart. Once you think the wind is strong enough, the kite runner lifts the kite and runs into the wind.

The person holding the kite string needs to help by making sure there is enough resistance. You need to allow enough string for the kite to fly high while ensuring the string is tight. If it’s not very windy and your friend will have to run faster!

Therefore how fast you run depends on the height of the kite and the pull of the string.

Have Fun Together!

Besides flying kites, we also played other games on the grass.

People played frisbee.

Do you see the green plants held by the girl who wears the white T-shirt and blue jeans. We used them to make a garland.

People were playing charades.

Join us at Omeida, let’s have fun together!