Tuesday, April 5, 2011
It's Tomb Sweeping Day today, a public holiday and "a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime and tend to the graves of departed ones". Well, we passed on the graves but decided to try kite-flying in Chaoyang Park. Kites probably originated in China some 2,500 years ago and wherever there's wind and an open space you'll see people flying them. They're tricky blighters, but after half an hour we finally got the hang of it and up ours went, some 100m or so into the Beijing sky. Actually, the hardest thing was avoiding getting tangled up with other people's. In any case, I don't think we'll be entering the international kite festival in Weifang, not too far from Beijing, nor visit its kite museum, the largest in the world.