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Kite-flying fans enjoy old Chinese art

05-30-2011 09:00 BJT

YINCHUAN, Northwest China, May 29 (Xinhua) -- More than 100 kite enthusiasts from over 20 countries and regions have gathered here for the 2011 International Kite Invitational Tournament.

The fans from the United States, Germany, France, Holland, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, South Korea and Vietnam are contesting in three categories - kite flying, kite fighting and sport kite ballet along with more than 300 local kite lovers.

Hans Peter Boehme, the Vice President of the International Kite Federation, was among the participants. He has visited China 15 times for kite-related activities.

Boehme said that as known to all, China is the birthplace of kite art and he is very interested in the history of kite art, and enjoys the various kite competitions held in China.

According to the State General Administration of Sport of China, in recent years kite competitions held in China witnessed an increase in the participation of foreign kite enthusiasts.

"Sports have no boundaries, and it is incredible for the foreigners to design such special and unique kites," said Cheng Xu, a kite lover from North China's Shaanxi Province.

The kite art originated from the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C. to 475 B.C.) and was used to transmit information in the first place before it then developed into a kind of leisure sport.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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