Weifang Kite Museum
Weifang Kite Museum collects and displays fine kites which are both ancient and modern, Chinese and foreign, and cultural relics related to kites. There are 12 exhibition halls in the museum of about 2,000 square meters.
The museum stores over 2,000 fine kites and it demonstrates the history, classification and creation of kites, and the Weifang International Kite Festival.
The First Exhibition Hall
History and Development of Kites
The exhibition hall mainly gives an introduction to the historical and cultural development, different schools and styles, competition rules of kites, and the "Weifang International Kite Meeting". It displays various kinds of unique fine kites from home and abroad.
The Second Exhibition Hall
Weifang Fine Kites Exhibition
Weifang, called Wei County in history, is the hometown of kites. It is also one of the four kite schools in China. For hundreds of years, the local people in Weifang have kept the custom of flying kites and holding kite-flying competitions.
Influenced by the Weifang folk arts of clay sculptures, embroideries, jewelries and wooden New Year paintings, Weifang kites have a distinctive style, namely Yangjiabu kites, which give priority to the wooden New Year paintings.
The Third Exhibition Hall
World Fine Kites Exhibition
The exhibition hall gives a presentation of the brief history of kites, and an introduction to the kites in North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Europe and the United States. It also displays the fine kites of those countries.
The Fourth Exhibition Hall
Chinese Fine Kites Exhibition
The exhibition mainly presents the works of kites in Beijing, Tianjin, Weifang and Nantong.
Comprehensive Kites Exhibition
The exhibition primarily displays the kite-making skills. The production process of kites is divided into binding, pasting, painting and flying, which are called the "four skills of kite-making".
Location: Weifang Kite Museum is situated at 66, Administrative Street, Kuiwen District, Weifang City.
Ticket prices: 20 yuan/person; kite meeting period: 30 yuan (including the price for the circular-screen movie).
Opening hours: the museum is open all year round; 08：00-18：00 in spring and summer; 08：00-17：30 in autumn and winter.
Tips for transportation: take bus 2, 5, 16, 22, 30, 32 or 36, and arrive at the Bank of China Stop.
Suggested visiting times: from April 20th to May 7th when the Weifang International Kite Festival is held.
I updated this article on January 7, 2014
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