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Last Sunday, I spent the afternoon in 南寮 together with Chanel (雁文), and even though I do not care to repeat the humdrum details I have expressed in Chinese above, I will write a little bit about the kites. In Sweden, I tried to build and fly kites together with a couple of friends (Martin is the only one who has personal website, as far as I know), and even though we managed to get the thing into the air, it still was not a very big success. I think one of the reasons was that the wind was too weak. Compared to the wind this Sunday, the one we used was nothing.

Below can be seen one short video clip and several photos of our afternoon trip. Although there were other interesting things to do, the kite flying is what I will remember. I did not try myself; looking was enough this time. Still, I feel that this is something I might like to learn later, and living in Xinzhu (which is called the Windy City), now is probably a good time to do it. Just flying normal kites is one thing, but what we watched this weekend is something completely different. Enjoy:

This is a six-headed kite doing some aerial tricks. What annoys me is that before this one, there were two kites involved in some sort of competition against each other. They did not attempt to cut each other or anything, but it was obvious that they tried to down the other kite somehow. This is also cool, but not even close to being as cool as the combat.
The entrance to the main area. Colourful kites are never out of vogue.

Miscellaneous kites.
We spent perhaps half an hour looking at this kite. It is difficult do understand the tricks involved simply by looking at a photograph, but look at its tail and you will get some inkling what it was about.
Spiral. It might be difficult to grasp the scale, but I think the tail is at least 30 metres long, perhaps more.
More flying, now in company with a cool-looking five-headed kite.

It came pretty close sometimes, being hit at full speed would probably hurt a lot.

More beautiful manoeuvering.


Two pretty odd-looking kites. I really like the combination of the diver and the fish.

Even more odd, perhaps.

But all three together take the biscuit.

More of the same kind.

It seems like I am still alive and kicking.

The architecture is very odd. It seems like a mixture of many styles and somewhat artificial, but I still like the colours.

There is a much bigger harbour behind me, but this makes a much nicer photo anyway.

Bells, bells, bells.

An excellent example of weird a strange composition. Any classic architect probably turns in his grave because of the different kinds of orders used for these pillars.

This is more to my taste.

And this is Chanel!

The mentioned seafood market.

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  1. Jocke’s avatar

    Oh, I’m so jealous right now. More kiteflying when you come back to sweden. And the tail on the single kite that you watched for some time, so awsome!


  2. Xhakhal’s avatar

    AWESOME. Jag hade varit avundsjuk om det inte vore för att… jag menar…

    Okej. Jag är grön av avund.


  3. Alva’s avatar

    Coolt! Fråga bara; varför säger du att några är fourheaded…? Eller alltså de har ju 6 st vingbitar – har det med antal snören att göra?

    annars ser det ut som ett riktigt coolt parkområde! :)


  4. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Jocke: Ja! Jag ska försöka lära mig lite här, tror jag. Om man bara lär sig grunderna kan man nog fixa ganska mycket själv sedan.

    Alva: Det är ganska simpelt: Jag kan inte räkna. Den mer utförliga förklaringen är att de bytte antal drakar som satt ihop hela tiden och jag tittade inte så noga. Innan dess var det fyra och den flög rätt länge. :)