Kites 风筝(feng zheng)
By: Belen Rivas 吕碧兰
Some basic info. (Questions)
- When and who invented it?
- What was the reason to invent it?
- How does it work?
- Are there any inventions that were created with the help of the kite?
Ways kites were introduced to Europe: Marco Polo & Research
- Stories of kites were first brought to Europe by Marco Polo towards the end of the 13th century. Kites were brought back by sailors from Japan and Malaysia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Although they were initially regarded as mere curiosities, by the 18th and 19th centuries kites were being used as vehicles for scientific research.
- Kites were also instrumental in the research of the Wright brothers when developing the first airplane in the late 1800s. Over the next 70 years, many new kite designs were developed, and often patented. These included Eddy's tail-less diamond kite, the tetrahedral kite, the flexible kite, the sled kite, and the para-foil kite, which helped to develop modern hang-gliders.
Why do you think it took centuries for kites to reach Europe?
- I think it took centuries for kites to reach Europe because China is a very conservative and low-key country. Not only is it low-key, it is also across the world from Europe so it took a while for China's inventions to make it's way around the world. Since it was so long ago and there was not a lot of advanced technology; it takes a lot of time for news of new inventions to spread around the world.
Why don't the Chinese inventors get the credit for their inventions?
What was the most important thing I learned from this lesson?
The most important thing I learned from this lesson was that the kites that we play with today have been around for a very long time. I learned that back then they were used for many useful things but now it is not so popular. It is very important that I learned where this invention originated from so that I can learn to appreciate the place it came from.