The 30th annual Weifang International Kite Festival recently took place in Weifang city, located in Shandong province in eastern China. Weifang is known as the “kite capital of the world” because it is considered to be the birthplace of kites themselves. “Legend has it that kites were invented in China 2000 years ago and introduced to the West by Marco Polo.”

“As an internationalized event of the proud folk tradition, the Weifang International Kite Festival attracts numerous Chinese and foreign kite masters every year. The tantalizing stunts and spectacles of competing kites amuse thousands of visitors, as well as their distinctive models, colors, styles and the particular flying techniques perfected in different countries.”

We’re captivated by the incredible variety of awesome kites that were flown at this year’s festival - from teams or horses to an assortment of be-tentacled underwater creatures, monsters, tigers, bears and, of course, the splendid traditional dragons.

Visit designboom to learn more about the Weifang International Kite Festival and Weifang’s colourful kite-making history.

姐妹情谊:山东潍坊的双胞胎姐妹曹小巧(音,图左)和曹大巧(音)上周日在家中聊天。姐妹俩今年104 岁,被《吉尼斯世界纪录》列为在世的最为年长的双胞胎。

Chinese 104-year-old twins, Cao Daqiao (senior, R) and Cao Xiaoqiao talk at home in Weifang, east China’s Shandong province on November 29, 2009. According to the Shanghai Guinness World Records, this twin sisters, who were born in 1905, are the oldest living twins in the world as they are also listed on the Guiness World of Records for the oldest twins. TOPSHOTS CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)


In Weifang, in Shandong province China - the first flight of the largest unmanned helicopter happened, and it was successful.

The chopper, made by Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry Co.Ltd flew around for 10 minutes, hovering and doing some tricks. 

Here’s some primo footage of the unmanned helicopter from China’s Central Television (CCTV) - which tells us: Restriction: Not access on Chinese mainland. So no one in China can actually see this. Not cool.

Looks pretty cool. I’d say I want one, but I’d have nothing to do with it, unless it comes with a giant controller. Still, I have no idea what I’d do with it.