the kite-manufacturing experiences,
The Association invited particularly two kite masters, Mr. Lee, Hou-rui and
Mr. Lin, Jin-kung, to the community
for kite-weaving teaching.
adjusting to throwing the finished
kite to fly in the sky, all of
instructions are done by
oneself. The course will make the
modern people who have been accustomed
times, kites were called
"wooden kite", "phoenix scarf",
"paper kite", "sparrow hawk" and etc.. According to different regional customs, the designations of "south sparrow hawk" and "north paper kite" also differed from each other. It is said that the kite-manufacturing can be traced back to the Spring and Autumn period. Until the Five Dynasties period, Mr. Lee, Yeh made a paper kite, passed a thread through the kite and threw it to the sky for fun. Later on, he made a bamboo flute on the front of kite leading the wind through the flute. For it sounded like the Chinese zither, the paper kite was called "Feng Zheng" (wind zither), a folk art that has been passed on from the agricultural society until the modern days. The famous poetic proverbs, such as "Village maids compete with kite games," and "Double ninth, soaring kites shout in the sky," reflect the scene of the leisure time in the busy agricultural society. During the periods of autumn harvest or around the Chin Min Festival (the 5th of the 24 solar terms), with the beautiful spring scenery, people fly the kites under sunshine and blue sky, enjoying the playing fun between parents and children out of busy season for farming. In some places, people not only fly the kites during the day, but also the nighttime. They hang a string of small colorful lanterns beneath the kites or on the leading thread. When the kites are soaring to the sky, these small lanterns look like sparkling stars at night. For this reason, they are designated as "divine lantern." Till today, because of the sequential improvements of materials and manufacturing skills, flying kites has become a competitive leisure entertainment for glamour and fascination.
Kite Exhibition Hall is located in Tungshan Primary School. This kite activity
advocated by the elder school principal, Mr. Yang, Da-wan. Along with the full efforts of Mr. Lee,
Hou-rui and Mr. Lin, Jin-kung to promote the program, the school kite team was dispatched to
participate in the first session of Chungcheng Cup for National Kite Championship in 1983 and
turned to be the overall winner in four items.
...Tungshan's Kite Festival has been convened sequentially for two years. In addition to be widely
welcomed, these activities also obtained the positive recognition from the Council for Cultural
Affairs of Executive Yuan. Under the encouraging support of the Council for Cultural Affairs,
Tungshan Kite Exhibition Hall planned by Tungshan Village Office with full efforts was also set
up in Tungshan Primary School. It is considered to be a culture that distinguishes the county,
a folk art to be passed on to the coming generations and, furthermore, a culture heritage activity.
...In Tungshan Kite Exhibition Hall, explanations about the process of kite-manufacturing and
structural designing of kites are provided to the public, which is a varied, interesting and
...To spread the skills of kite-manufacturing, since year 2001 Mr. Lee, Hou-rui has been visiting in
person JENJU community to teach the residents how to manufacture kites and also promotes the
experiencing education in the community activity center with the aim of constructing Tungshan
village as "The Hometown of Kites."