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Dear Ms. Mary Ma,
I am back from China now and would like to take a moment out of my busy schedule to let you know that your company and your guide Rogin Lee are fantastic. Rogine made my tour of China, his depth of knowledge is incredible and his presentations and introductions were indepth and interesting. Rogin presented China's past and present in a new light. This China tour with Rogin surpassed what I was expecting from any China tour company. I would like to extend my thanks to yourself, Rogin Lee and Mr. Wong, the driver.
Sincerely,
Lee A. Gravesen
lee@directdoor.com
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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way! After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Chinese Kites

Chinese Kites – Chinese Folklore
In ancient China the kite was known as “Zhiyuan” (paper glede). The kite is featured prominently in many art collections, and was considered to have unique artistic value.
Chinese Kites – Chinese Folklore
It first appeared in the wars of the Spring and Autumn Period. During the prosperous Tang Dynasty, when entertainments thrived with the development of culture and economy, kites became the cossets of the people of both court and country.

On Mingqing, or the day of Pure Brightness, people took time not to just to worship their ancestors but also to take a walk in the countryside to enjoy pastoral life. Making and flying various kites reflected the pleasing mood of the spring. Kite-flying is now believed to be a good for the health.

According to taste, kites can have shapes as diverse as that of a dragonfly, swallow, centipede or butterfly. Secondly, paste paper onto the framework. The paper is required to be tough and thin with even and long fibers. Some high quality kites are even covered with thin silk. Finally, decorate the kites with colorful chiffon, ribbons and paintings.

Swallow-shaped kites are quite popular in Beijing. Craftsmen fashion them in many different ways. Some are strewed with peonies, bats and other auspicious patterns to bring the owner good fortune.

Tianjin boasts the large variety of kites. With different unique and novel shapes, a larger kite can measure hundreds of meters while the smallest can be put in an envelope. Kites with soft wings in the shape of insects, goldfish, clouds and even a swallow linked with dozens of little swallows are all available, and each of these attractive kites reflects the consummate skill of the craftsman.

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