Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Kites on Hong Kong's stamps

Kites were used approximately 2,800 years ago in China, where materials ideal for kite building were readily available. Kites may be flown for recreation, art or other practical uses. The earliest known Chinese kites were flat (not bowed) and often rectangular. Later, tailless kites incorporated a stabilizing bowline. Kites can be designed with many different shapes, forms, and sizes. Forms usually were taken the flat geometric designs, boxes and other three-dimensional forms, or modern inflatable designs.
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Hong Kong Post has issued the stamp series of kites, 4 different denomination values and depicts the emulation of butterflies, dragon fly, and the legendary
Designs often emulate flying insects, birds, and other beasts, both real and mythical. Kites were decorated with mythological motifs and legendary figures; some were fitted with strings and whistles to make musical sounds while flying.figure of dragon.

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