Original Chinese Kites - Just Have
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are operated using your index or your thumb. You will find technical explanations and hints at "(3) Werkzeuge zum Aufwickeln der Drachenleine" ("tools for winding up the kite line") in the section about Flying of Chinese Kites.
please cf. Kites Accessories
|Winding up a kite line, using a
Chinese Hand Reel
(XianHuanZi) needs a little practice, but may be extremly efficient and
fast. But exercise is a "must". Next picture
reel is suitable for small and light kites (swallows,
small eagles and aeroplanes etc.).
Because of the achievable high-speed rewinding process, Chinese hand reels are very often used in competitions. Next photo shows a competition in Yinchuan (Ningxia Province, PRC) in 2011, attended by several European teams.
Contestants with Chinese hand reel (index finger technique)
Click image for additional photo (Yinchuan 2008)
Kite fighting is ubiquitously to be found all over Asia. In most countries it is performed by cutting off the enemy's line, with the subsequent loss of kite.
Exceptions are Rokaku-fights: the contestants are just kicking the opponents out of the sky. Obviously the more friendly and less dangerous variant of the sport, (common in Japan, Europe, North America and other Western-influenced countries).
At the Spring 2011 session of the International Kite Federation, the IKF Executive Committee adopted a proposal from the representatives of New Zealand, Australia, Denmark and Germany, to support and forward this much less dangerous competition variant.
to the "bad
boys": cutting of kite is usually performed
with the aid of glass
powder coated kite lines (Manja).
To cut off the
opponent's kite, a high tension of the
cutters kite line is needed. To generate and propagate
the high tension
needed, the line must be rewound
High winding speeds are achieved either by increasing rewinding speed with the coil bodies of the same diametery (faster turning, diminish gear ratio, or else), or otherwise, increasing the coil diameter itself. Technically complex rewinding mechanisms (gear transmission ratio etc.) are often in contradiction with the reliability of the winding process.
Click image for photo of competition reel with increased diameter coil (ShenZhen 2007)
|There is a technical compromise of a high-speed winding
process by means of a
special rewinding technique, often successfully performed by
Koreans and athletes
from Hong Kong and
Aomen (Macao). Towards any unsuspecting competitor, a real "Story
a Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was".
ShenZhen Int. Kite Festival 2007: HongKong Kite Fighters (additionally, click an photo!)
|A simple coil is used.
Both handles are extended to about 40cm each. The lengthened spindle is
placed onto the inclined thigh. The rewinding process is generated by
rolling out the extended spindle-arms on the inclined thigh. Moreover,
the legs of the kite-fighters trousers have sewn in rails. These rails
have slightly curved ends, that automatically throw back the already
rotating coil. The winding speeds are unbelievable.
During this years International Kite Festivals in Weifang, and Yinchuan, the participants from Hong Kong were the most successful ones. A comment from a unsuspecting, visibly shocked and stunned Sino-American participant, whose fighter kite had been successfully cut: "... they slaughtered everyone, they really slaughtered everyone ...".
Kiting people are definitely concerned about exclusivity. Apart from the completely molded Bronze Reel (only because of the golden colour tone!), the reel has subsequently a full-blown coil with supra-and sub-setting and of course first class ball bearings. For the divinely gifted technology enthusiast, there is of course the bike-reel coil with multi-gear and integrated hand brake. The pictured specimen is from the kite builders village YangJiaBu , and was sold for the equivalent of 20 €. Comparing Chinese standards, an expensive pleasure, but you deserve it!
to be continued....
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able to offer you a large selection of wonderful kites. All
kites can be flown. Kites, that are only "for decorating" purposes have
been marked in our pricelist. Handling fee is
8,00 Euro pro package within Germany. Inquire for international
handling fee. We will deliver to your doorstep. Payment by cash on
delivery, cash with order, or against prepayment. After placing your
order you will immediately receive your bill. After receiving your
payment, we will immediately send all ordered goods.
year we are offering Kite
to China. You may experience China at its best, you may fly your
kites on TianAnMen Square or on top of the Great Wall,
at the Temple of
Heaven, or on Mount
TaiShan, or at the shores of the Yellow Sea. Excursion fees, fees for
accomodation, meals and a beverage during the meals is included.
All flights and transfer costs are inclusive. During our stay at the
Olympic Kite Festivals, we are welcomed guests of visited Cities and
Counties. China. Kite journeys will lead us towards WeiFang or QingDao and frienly GuiYang (end of
April / first week of May). Other
kite journeys will lead us to ShenZhen,
and GuangZhou (October). BeiJing
is of cause always part
of our trip.
Total price of these journeys is about 1850 Euro. The journeys usually will last about 10 to 14 days. Registration possible at any time.
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