The 6,000-meter kite is flown in the air at the opening of the kite festival.
A kite enthusiast ensured that this year’s Chongqing International Kite Festival got off to a flying start yesterday by breaking the world record for the world’s longest kite with his 6000m long dragon themed masterpiece.
According to Chinanews, the 6,000-meter-long “Chinese Dream” kite was flown by two professional flyers from Weifang in Shandong province, which apparently also hosts a pretty mean kite festival. It was confirmed to have broken the Guinness World Record set only a few weeks ago by a 5000-meter-long kite.
The team who built the kite reportedly spent two years and over 100,000 yuan making it. The “Chinese Dream” is composed of more than 2000 individual sections which comprise the dragon’s body.
According to Wang Dongming, a professional kite maker, they were meticulous about choosing the right materials to build the kite from. It took three people and more than six hours to get it airbourne.
This festival opened at Fair Mountain National Forest Park in Chongqing Municipality on the afternoon of April 4. It features kite shows performed by professional teams who have flown in from around the world.
It turns out the Chinese absolutely love flying kites and breaking records. Last May kite enthusiasts in Guangdong broke the world record for the largest kite with a giant 2600 square meter kite called the “Chinese Knot.”
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Chinanews]