China is the birthplace of the kite. It is generally accepted that kites were first developed approximately 2,800 years ago in China, where materials ideal for kite building were readily available: silk fabric for sail material; fine, high-tensile-strength silk for flying line;and resilient bamboo for a strong, lightweight framework.

The noted English scholar Joseph Needham listed kites in his book History of Science and Technology in China as one of the important contributions in science and technology that Chinese introduced to Europe.

Come and make a traditional Beijing style Shayan (swallow) kite with CCC's veteran folk artist. The materials of the traditional Chinese kites are mainly bamboo and silk, and they are purely made and painted by hand. You will learn to paint on the silk/paper and do the bamboo framework, tie up the thread and spindle, then fly the kite!
  • >> Make a traditional Beijing Sha Yan (swallow) style kite.
    >> The bamboo frame is covered with plain paper/silk and then painted with ink brush.
    >> An honorable folk artist of Beijing will be the instructor, and English narration is provided.
    >> You are able to complete the kite and fly it at the end of the class.
  • About the teacher
    Mr. Zhang is a famous folk artist and kite maker. He is listed by Beijing government as one of the honorable folk artists of the city.

  • CCC does not offer regular set packages for this class. However we are happy to help you plan a private custom-made one. Please scroll this web page down to check prices and propose a date and your own group.
  • Private custom-made class prices:

    3 hours adult kite-making workshop:
    RMB2200 for a minimum of 5 adult guests (or the financial equivalent thereof) and are 3 hours long.
    RMB2600 for 6-8 people.
    RMB300/ person for a group of 9 people and more
    Simpler kites are available for young kids.  
    You can choose to make a type of kites you like: swallow, eagle, butterfly,  even a dragon! (the price will be higher  for a dragon or centipede)  
    The price includes a kite artist and an interpreter and venue.

    Flexible scheduling:
    The workshop can be scheduled at any time that it fits your schedule according to the availability of the teachers.

    Please note:
    1.  We must check the date: 
       The CCC’s masters, artists, and teachers are all experts in their field and unique in their circles.  Their schedules are tight, so they may not be available at the time frame you would like to book.    We will have to check with them first before we can confirm the time with you.
     
    2.  Prepayment is necessary: 
       Once the artists/experts are confirmed, prepayment is required so we can book his/her time.
     
    3.  Corporate Clients
           All prices listed are for private individuals.  Corporate clients will be separately quoted. Click here for Payment methods 

    4.   Venue:

    • The class/workshop will be conducted in English/with English interpretation at the China Culture Center unless a different location is requested.  
    • The CCC’s center can accommodate maximum 10-20 people for a class/workshop. 
    • Special venues of different size and ambiance can be arranged for corporate clients.with extra charges.