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Chinese Dragon kites


Dragon Kites

Chinese Dragon Kites and other kites for hire

Chinese dragons are quite unlike dragons in the west; they are seen as wise, benevolent and bringers of good fortune. Dragon (or Centipede) kites are one of the most iconic of the traditional Chinese kites.

Chinese Dragon kites are a composite of different animal themes. They all feature:

  • Deer horns, as deer are ridden by the imortals and represent longevity and good luck.
  • Tigers eyes - the tiger is the king of the beasts, mighty and strong.
  • Catfish whiskers, to represent the material wealth. (Catfish are an essential part of the Spring festival meal).
  •  A humans beard, as a symbol of intelligence and talent.(The longer the beard the wiser you are).
  • The segmented body (centipede) represents a snake.


With dragon kites, all the lift is created by the tail segments; the feathers are essentially stabilisers. In strong winds the tail rises almost vertically. They will tolerate very high wind speeds - we have flown them in 25 mph winds.

Dragon kites are surprisingly good flyers. Even the smallest will fly given a decent wind - and the larger ones need only a gentle breeze. The really big ones need a team to handle them on the ground.

Kites for hire

We have a range of dragon kites available for hire, including red, black and white 30m dragons, a 50m dragon, right up to a monster 2-headed dragon with a 80 m tail.

These have been used in museum exhibitions, TV and film productions and corporate events.

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