Benin (Xinhua) -- Benin students at the Confucius
Institute of the Abomey-Calavi University learned how to make
traditional Chinese kites at a workshop here on Saturday.
At least 60 Benin students
participated in the workshop. Guo Hongli, a kite specialist from
China’s kite city of Weifang in east China’s Shandong Province,
came to Benin to join the workshop and teach Benin children how
to make a traditional Chinese kite which has been registered as
a world intangible heritage since 2000.
Guo said he was very pleased to be in
Cotonou to share with the children of Benin the fabrication
techniques of kites so that they can make kites by themselves
and fly kites during their spare time.
According to Guo, there are three
phases of making a kite: first the framing, then the gathering
of bamboo spare parts to constitute the outline of the kite, and
finally the gluing and decoration of the kite.
Fifame Sehlin, a primary school girl
at the Confucius Institute, enjoyed learning how to make a kite.
“Following this workshop at the
Chinese cultural center in Cotonou, I can now produce kite
and show the fabrication process to my fellows,” she said.
Frejus Kpogbozan, a first year
student, said learning how to make a kite makes him know more
about the Chinese culture and history.