Kites were used in China for military purposes, and also as a traditional tool to worship gods and ancestors. For example, Chinese people pray for the arrival of Fortune God as the Chinese New Year approaches. He is then sent back to his realm by kite on January 15. In contemporary China, children, youth, and adults fly kites for fun and competition. Some kites, like those made by Ha Yiqi, are also collected as important examples of China’s cultural heritage because of their exceptional design and engineering.
Click through to sections on Ha Yi Qi’s Workshop, Cultural Heritage, and Gallery to learn more about traditional kite making.