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Weifang International Kite Festival

Weifang is the birthplace of kites. Kite gatherings were held as early as 1930s. Weifang kites revived with vigor after liberation, especially since China introduced its reform and opening-up policy. Weifang kites were invited to participate in many domestic and overseas kite exhibitions and kite flying performances. On April 1, 1984, the 1st Weifang International Kite Festival kicked off with the help of David Checkley, Chairman of the Seattle Kite Association, and with unreserved support from the Shandong Tourism Administration of Shandong Province. On the 5th Weifang International Kite Festival on April 1, 1988, the presidium unanimously adopted a proposal to set Weifang as the “Kite Capital of the World”. In 1989, during the 6th festival, a world organization known as the “International Kite Federation” was set up that initially involved participation by kite organizations from 16 countries and regions, including China, USA, Japan, UK and Italy, and it was agreed that the headquarters would be set in Weifang.

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