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Great-wall Kite Flies above Xi'an
    2008-06-22 13:25:40     CRIENGLISH.com

Zhang Tianwei (R) checks the great-wall kite before flies it on Saturday, June 21, 2008, in Xi'an, the capital city of northwest China's Shannxi Province. [Photo: Xinhua]

A 130-meter kite in the shape of the Great Wall flied above Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shannxi Province, on Saturday.

Xinhua News Agency reported that the kite was designed and made by Zhang Tianwei, a master in kite designing.

Composed of two parts, the kite had a portrait of Qin Shihuang leading the head position, followed by a more-than-100-meter micro great wall.

Qin Shihuang was the first emperor of China who founded Qin Dynasty after conquering six other countries in the Warring States Period. He was also the man blueprinting the Great Wall to fend off foreign invasions.

The designer put six famous sections of the Great Wall into the kite, such as the Shanhai Pass, Jiayu Pass, and Juyong Pass, along with 15 beacon tower miniatures.

The giant kite, 12 kilograms in weight, took three years to complete. Due to the heavey weight, the kite needs at least 10 people to fly it with wind force between level 2 and 3.

The great-wall kite will be displayed at the local Xi'an People's Art Museum.


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