Classical Chinese Garden
NW 3rd and Everett, Portland, OR, 97208, 503-228-8131

Portland Classical Chinese Garden soars with Kite Festival
December 31, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Classical Chinese Garden commemorates Qingming Jie, the Clear Brightness Festival on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, 2003. Qingming Jie is a traditional Chinese celebration to honor one's ancestors. At the Garden's celebration, guests learn the meaning of the Clear Brightness Festival and how kites play a part in this tradition.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday April 5, children, six years and older, can learn to make kites in a Chinese opera mask motif. The children's kite-making workshop is free with admission to the Garden. Ken Conrad, master kite-maker, will offer a traditional kite-making demonstration on Saturday, April 5. The demonstration, free with Garden admission, runs 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Adults can take a class from Ken Conrad 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2022 at 127 NW Third, Portland. Students will learn to make a Chinese kite using traditional techniques and materials; how to lash split and bent bamboo; how to paint the kite, and how to fly it. Conrad has written several articles on Chinese kites and teaches kite-making in schools and other organizations. Tuition for the adult workshop is $55 for the general public and $45 for Garden members. This includes all materials, admission to the kite exhibit in the Garden, and refreshments. Space is limited. Register by Mar. 24, 2003 by calling 503 228-8131 ext. 2001.

In cooperation with the World Kite Museum of Long Beach, WA, a number of traditional Chinese kites; each connected with an historic folk tale, will be showcased at the Garden. The six-week kite exhibit, which opens April 4 and runs through May 22, 2003, features the Monkey King, Pig General, and Dragon Centipede kites.

The Portland Classical Chinese Garden is located at Northwest Third and Everett in Portland. The Garden is open daily Nov. 1 to March 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and April 1 to October 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5.50 for students; children 5 and under are free. Tours are available at noon and 1 p.m. Gift or personal memberships are available at the Garden gift shop, office, or by phone at 503.228.8131. Visit the Garden's Web site at www.portlandchinesegarden.org.