Saturday, September 30, 2006


Kites were once called Zhiyuan in North China and Yaozi in South China. The name "Fengzheng" came into use during the Five Dynasties (907-960 AD). According to the book, Xun Chulu by Lang Ying of the Ming Dynasty, Li Ye, who lived in the Five Dynasties, used to make and fly kites in the imperial court. He once attached a whistle made of bamboo to the upper part of his kite so that a "Zheng" sound was let out when the kite was flying. This was the how the Chinese name for kite originated

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