Kite is a traditional Chinese handicraft. The main body of a kate is consisted of paper or silk, which is pasted on a skeleton made of bamboo strips. It can be put into the sky by wind and is controled by a long thread, the other end of which is held by people on the ground.
风筝简史 The breif history of kite
More than 2000 years ago, during the Spring and Autumn Period, people made kites with bamboo, wood and silk. During the Eastern Han Dynasty of China, the papermaking tecnology made paper replace silk and become the main material, thus, kites were therefore designated "paper birds."
During the Sui and Tang Dynasties, China's papermaking technology developed rapidly. In the Song Dynasty, abou 1 century D.C., flying kites had become a popular spring event and the tradition has lasted until day.