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Beijing Shopping - Chinese Kite

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17:35, August 28, 2012

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The kite, originally called zhiyuan in north China and yaozi in south China, is said to have been invented by a famous Chinese philosopher, Mo-tse, 2,300 years ago for military purposes. Legend says that he spent three years making it before it would fly. Kite flying became recreational starting probably in the Tang dynasty, when the royal family and aristocrats took an interest in it.

Kite flying was not available to the general population until the invention of paper kites. It also spread to other parts of the world like Europe. Some say the invention of the kite gave man the idea to fly and led to the invention of the airplane.

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