Beijing Suburb Day Trip I–Kite Museum & Imperial Rice Village

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One of my old clients, Beijing magazine, hosts foreigners in embassy and foreign executives Chinese culture-related activities every quarter.  Although I no longer work for them, I lucked outSmile

First stop, Cao Kite Museum learning about Cao style kites.

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My friend Leonardo (or Leo) kept me from going stag.

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Bamboo structure of a swallow kite.

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Swallow, the most basic form of traditional Chinese kite.

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Bat, animal of fortune in Chinese culture (and so they look more red than anything).

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Workers making kites.

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The Cao kites are flown with a string attached to pole.

Monkey King.

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Coloring bats.

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Cutting shapes.

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The biggest flyable kite in the world?  Well, it’s definitely the biggest I’ve seen.

Gigantic flower basket kite.

Nezha, a traditional Chinese child battle hero.  He is born god, could spit fire and walk on fiery rings.

A three-dimensional dragon head kite.

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All sorts of neat kites.

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Owner of the museum, where the kite-making is a family tradition.

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The first kite of Cao’s Kite Museum.

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A swallow couple.

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Eagle

Mold used to make eagle’s head.

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Three generations of swallows, with the big grandfather in the middle and his skinny red-colored wife on his left.

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His first son and his wife.  They spend 70% of time looking at each other and rest 30% looking away – symbolizing how a couple need to give each other space.

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Mold and other tools used to make kite.

This spider is a special for the museum.

One of the most difficult kites to make, in order to make sure a spider could fly, you have cover exactly 52% of the space with its net pieces.

Me talking to the Mr. Cao.

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Then we walked over to their workshop.

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Learning how to make a kite.

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Next, we stopped by the village that used to grow rice for the royal family for lunch.

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Fields of rape seed flowers greeted us.

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Only a large trunk marked the entrance of the village.

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Guest rooms for those who wanted to rest or stay for the night.

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Buffet lunch.

The editorial team, host of this trip.

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Many children belong to embassy workers’ families also came along.

We found some traditional Chinese painting, this one depicting “walking bird”.  Leo explained the concept is just like walking dogs, you need to set your pet birds in the nature so that they could stay happy and live longer.

We kept a bit of bread to feed the fish.

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Koi fight for our breads.

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Great place to dodge the heat in the summer.

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Baked chicken.

Lewis wondering what they were selling.

Leo found a lot of the products they sell aren’t produced locally, perhaps these vegetables are produced here.

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The blueberry drinks are definitely not from here…

At the end of our trip, each guest received a kilo of locally produced rice, or the “imperial rice”.

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