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Art genre & characteristics of Chinese kite

  The art of Chinese kite develops endlessly with the long history of cultural traditions of the nation. Each has its strong point due to the rich and colorful zone culture. It has a strong affinity with each historical periods and various zone; and firmly relates with the music, dance, drama, folk-custom and religion of each individual folk. It has formed various art system and genre as time goes by. Generally, six kinds: Beijing kite, Weifang kite, Tianjing kite, Nantong kite, Jiangnan kite, Taiwan kite.


Beijing Kites
Generally, there're seven kinds on the artistic sculpture of Beijing Kites: pricking swallow, hard wing, soft wing, symmetrical swallows, board, cluster, canister.
Characteristics of Beijing Kites: delicate framework, precise colored drawing, natural and graceful, high worthiness of view and admire.
Typical Beijing Kites: Caoshi Kites, Jinshi Kites, Hashi Kites.
New types of Beijing Kites have come forth in great number in recent years. "King Swallow" is famous for making swallow kites with skills handed down from his ancestors of two generations. "King Eagle" 's work is known for the reality and lifelikeness of the images. Huyan makes the lanneret with his unique hand-made work, which is usually as long as several meters. Hu Tiezhuang is good at making large kites. The big swallow, as long as 90m; the huge dragon, as long as 200 cells, which are made by him are all excellent works for hand-working and flying technique. Li Guoshuai is good at making small kites. The little swallows he made, which is as big as 5 inche and 7 inches respectively are very delicate. The ones Xia Zhenguo made are so small that could be put in a match box.


Weifang Kites
Weifang Kites, during the long period of development, pass its unique artistic individuality from generation to generation, which have innovations on theme, sculpture and painting, etc. Meanwhile, it interacts with Beijing Kites, Tianjing Kites.

Weifang Kites possess full-bodied demonstration of folk custom and vividness, which gains the advantages from the other kinds. Especially, in terms of the structure of sculpture and the color of painting, Weifang Kites transplant techniques of making wood-block New Year pictures to facture and exercise skill of traditional Chinese painting on drawing. It forms a unique individuality of being exquisite on sculpture and delicate and gorgeous on facture, which has become one of the important genre of Chinese Kites.


Kites Store, Zhang Yanlu Kites Store, Mudan Kites, Guxin, Hu Jingzhu, Yang Tongke, Yang Wanshan, Han Lianxi, Kang Wanxiang, Qing Chun Kites Store. 

Mr.Bohua Pan, coming from the Pan's Workshop, is the first designer of the double-lined sport kites and four-lined sport kites in the main land. Meanwhile, he organizes the production of the double-lined sport kites and the team of performance for that.

The characteristics of the Weifang Kites' artistic sculpture and style: carefully selected materials, exquisite sculpture, delicately made, vivid image, bright-colored painting, various kinds, agile flying-off.

Among all the families of the Chinese Kites, Weifang Kites are affluent in themes, singular selection on material, magnified and transfigured on design, technical on painting by New Year's picture drawing skill and ingenious on exercising the mechanics on flying-off, which composes its bucolic style and peculiar verve. It has a long history and is famous at all time and in all over the world.


Tianjin Kites
Wei Yuantai is the representative of Tianjin Kites ,and he is called "Kite Wei".
.The outstanding characteristics of Tianjin Kites are the techniques of the framework and fastening and the colors of designs as well .
 Based on the traditional sculpture, it tries to be unique and to find something new and fresh on design and painting.


Nantong Kites
The artistic style of Nantong Kites could be generalized as being plain on sculpture,
being installed whistle with high and low voice and demonstrating elegance on colored pattern.

The basic style of Nantong Kites could be divided as "Fixed-snipe" and "Unfixed-snipe".

 The most outstanding characteristic of Nantong kites is the sound device. Various whistles, big and small, with the quantity differ from one hundred to three hundred, are installed on the Nantong Kites. Nantong kites are called "Symphony on Air".


Jiangnan Kites

 The typical Jiangnan Kites are "Symmetrical Fish" and "Snipe-Eagle", which are all traditional kites made by the techniques of wood-block print.



Taiwan Kites
The characteristics of Taiwan Kites' sculpture: emphasized on feature, summarized and simplified, magnified and transfigured.

Taiwan Kites are good at soft-winged structure. One kind of the kite figure is shaped according to the imitation of the beautiful part of natural objects. The other one is the simulation of the natural objects. It mainly has 21 kinds approximately: peg-top, dragon, aniseed, Chinatown, Eagle, butterfly, dragonfly, goldfish, symmetrical fish, salangane, seven stars, seagull, palace lantern, flying tiger, centipede, big butterfly, big colored-butterfly, etc.

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