A stunning display of over 10,000 kites manned by 118 teams marked the opening of the 38th Weifang International Kite Festival in the Chinese city of Weifang, Shandong province, on Saturday.
“Kites have been invented by Chinese people and have been around for more than 2,000 years. In fact, they have played a heritage role in having certain exchanges with the people of the world,” explained festivalgoer Pei Xiong.
Octopuses, centipedes, cars, and fish were among just some of the kite shapes presented this year.
“The kite itself is a project that we all like, both young and old. It also has tourism and sports in one, the Weifang Kite Festival is the world’s largest kite festival, it strengthens the cultural exchanges of people around the world, it plays a good role in promoting [kite flying culture],” commented festival attendee Cui Yongqiang.
Weifang is considered the birthplace of kites and has celebrated the festival since 1984, with some claiming it’s the biggest in the world.