During the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), it is usually sunny in Beijing. With gentle spring breezes, it is cloudless in the sky and the cold air turns sweet. If you look up to the blue sky, you will find two or three colorful kites flying here and there. From the first day of the Chinese New Year until the Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day) is the best time for flying kites. No matter how late spring arrives or how stubbornly the last days of winter linger, people can deeply feel the coming of spring as long as they see flying kites in the sky. This is also a sign that the peach blossom is turning pink and the willow is growing green. Therefore, the flying kites are the ˇ°spring flowersˇ± to the local people of Beijing.
Locations to Fly or View Kites
1. Chaoyang Park:
Tel. No.: 010 6506 5409
Ticket rate: RMB5
Address: No.1, Agriculture Exhibition Center South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Transportation Routes: Bus 976, 406, 350, 750, 988, 731, 729, 758, 831, 834, 815, 847, 608, and 302.
2. Beihai Park
Tel. No.: 010 6403 7972
Ticket rate: RMB5 (low season), RMB10 (high Season)
Address: No.1, Wenjin Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Transportation Routes: Bus 101, 103, 109, 124, 812, 814, 846 to the South Gate of the Beihai Park