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Wednesday, September 30 2020 - 20:17
AsiaNet
The 37th Weifang International Kite Festival Kicks Off in East China
WEIFANG, China, Sept. 30, 2020 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On September 26, more than 1,100 kite lovers from 31 provincial regions in 
China gathered in the kite capital of Weifang in east China’s Shandong Province 
to attend the opening ceremony of the 37th Weifang International Kite Festival, 
according to the Publicity Department of Weifang People's Government.

The COVID-19 epidemic has made it impossible for foreign players to participate 
in Weifang, but online platforms allowed them to join the festival, with 51 
kite teams from 45 countries and regions sharing their kite-flying on screens 
to echo the audience on the spot. This is also the first time for the fair to 
be held in autumn.

The festival, which will last until October 8, seeks to promote a 
forward-thinking, open and charming kite culture. It will also see other events 
held such as the 2020 Diplomatic Envoy and International Sister City Mayor 
Weifang Tour, the 2020 Belt and Road International Dance Conference and the 
15th "Kite Cup" Standard Dance International Open. 

Weifang International Kite Festival has been held for 36 consecutive sessions, 
becoming the largest kite cultural activity in the world and an exchange 
platform for Shandong to spread Chinese culture and make friends with other 
countries.

On the afternoon of the opening ceremony, a signing ceremony was held for key 
cooperation projects of the fair and the China-Japan-Korea Industries Expo, 
involving 29 projects with a total investment of 13.941 billion yuan. 

Weifang is seeking to attract both investment and talents to create a new high 
ground for opening up to the outside world and promote high-quality 
development, said Liu Jianguo, Weifang's vice mayor.

Liu said that the local government has rolled out a series of policies and 
measures to promote investment promotion and development, support talent 
innovation and entrepreneurship, among others, to create a first-class 
environment for all parties to invest in Weifang, adding that these contracted 
projects are in line with Weifang's industrial development and city function 
plans.

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   Caption: Players fly various creative kites at Weifang Binhai Economic and 
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   Caption: Players fly various creative kites at Weifang Binhai Economic and 
Technological Development Zone on September 26.