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YCIS Beijing Primary Students Fly High with Kites

April, 2015
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ycis-bj-kite-workshop-articleOn 9 April, Year 6 students at Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) were given the privilege of a kite workshop presented by local traditional kite maker and enthusiast Mr. Bao as part of the school’s focus on Chinese language and culture.

The workshop began with a presentation in which Bao described the history of the kite, and the traditions associated with kite creation. It also covered the vast and varied diversity of kite design and its natural progression from traditional to modern styles. The students then returned to their classroom to design their own colorful and imaginative kites with their own unique personalities and styles.

The earliest kites date back to the Eastern Zhou Dynasty in China, were originally made of light wood and resembled birds. Historical research has shown that they were used as warning signals. Today of course, this old tradition has become a hobby synonymous with China and a common sight throughout the parks in Beijing. The more modern kites one sees today vary greatly in size and appearance, with a particularly popular design unsurprisingly being in the form of dragons.

The students enjoyed a wonderful workshop and discovered a potential new hobby, with an array of beautiful kites to take home and try for themselves. The workshop provided another golden opportunity for students to connect with not only the Chinese language, but also the rich culture it has to offer.


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