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2 -- Weifang and the Kite Festival

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Time to ride to Weifang -- our train tickets were one short, so I rode in "Hard Class" with our guide and had a great time meeting, talking to and sharing snacks with working folks in China.  Note to travellers:  Bumping your head on the bunk above you be
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Time to ride to Weifang -- our train…
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We finally figured this one out once I got home...
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We finally figured this one out once…
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Poster for the Kite Festival in Weifang.  having dealt with kiters before, it was firmly glued to the wall and thus did not become a keepsake!
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Poster for the Kite Festival in Weif…
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View from hotel in Weifeng, a city of many new parks.  This is the only moment I saw this park with no kites in it.
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View from hotel in Weifeng, a city o…
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Outside the Kite Museum in Weifang.  This gentleman, according to legend, invented kites here.
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Outside the Kite Museum in Weifang. …
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Display in the kite museum.
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Display in the kite museum.
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"Nations of the World" dragon/centipede kite.
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"Nations of the World" dragon/centip…
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More kite museum.
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More kite museum.
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Chinese Whistle-Kite
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Chinese Whistle-Kite
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Detail of one whistle on the Whistle-Kite.
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Detail of one whistle on the Whistle…
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Flying minis in the main hall of the museum.
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Flying minis in the main hall of the…
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The Olympics are coming, and China has a quintet of uniquely appealing mascots.  On this kite, one plays volleyball like Kat, one is doing Martial Arts like James, so I took a picture in spite of the fact that on is doing the gymnastics thing with twirly
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The Olympics are coming, and China h…
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Flying in the Kite Park outside the Museum -- but really, every park we saw in CHina had somebody flying kites in it.
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Flying in the Kite Park outside the …
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Kite street, a whole street of kite shops!
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Kite street, a whole street of kite …
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Shoppers on Kite Street, Weifang
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Shoppers on Kite Street, Weifang
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Big Ugly Delta flies in the Kite Capitol of the World
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Big Ugly Delta flies in the Kite Cap…
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A game where you use a bullwhip to keep a heavy wooden top spinning.
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A game where you use a bullwhip to k…
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Our local guide doubles as ground crew for the Big Ugly Delta.
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Our local guide doubles as ground cr…
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Preparing to march in for the Opening Ceremonies of the Weifang International Kite Festival.  We need to learn from Weifang how to do a kite festival!
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Preparing to march in for the Openin…
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Opening ceremonies, with music, light show, fireworks, and a crowd of thousands of people.
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Opening ceremonies, with music, ligh…
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Workman repairs a neon sign, demonstrating that China does not fall under the jurisdiction of OSHA.
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Workman repairs a neon sign, demonst…
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Arriving at festival flying field.  Crowds of people, police directing traffic -- this is not an American kite festival!
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Arriving at festival flying field. …
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As we arrive, the official World Kite Eating Tree of Weifang has already broken his fast.
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As we arrive, the official World Kit…
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Delegations from around the world head to the kite field.
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Delegations from around the world he…
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