The Miaoli County kite festival 2013 was held in Taiwan from the 19th-20th October. This is the first time that the team has been invited to a kite festival in Taiwan, thanks to our good friends from Team 8+ of Taiwan. The festival is held at a riverside park in Miaoli county and is attended by fliers from Canada, Malaysia (Malacca and Penang), Macau, China (Beijing and Shenzhen), Korea and Taiwan. You can click on the image below for the website link to the event. Here’s the link to the introduction of the international and local kite teams.
We arrive in Taipei in the afternoon of 18 Oct and took a 1.5hr bus ride from Taipei Taoyuan airport to our hotel in Miaoli county. We were greeted at the hotel lobby by Albert and members of Team 8+, Gary Mark of Canada and Azemi and Alia from Penang, Malaysia. The rest of the afternoon was spent chatting and catching up on events and happenings as what we usually would do :)
The program for the next 3 days would be laid out as follows: A full day event on Sat with the opening ceremony, award presentation team performance and a night fly event. Sunday would be an easy day with team performances scheduled throughout the day to entertain the public. Monday is scheduled to be a city tour of Miaoli county, where it is a predominant Hakka population. Savoring Hakka food is the order of the day!
Winds throughout the 2 days were in the pretty stiff range with averages >30mph. We were flying our “new old” xtra-vented Revs most of the time, with some usage of the standards and mid/venteds on Saturday. Wind speed topped out on Sunday, with some unfortunate incidents where single-line kites were ripped ( ask Gary Mark!) and kite lines snapped! (Team Impian of Malacca). Fortunately for the Rev fliers, the xtra-venteds and the double-stuffed venteds saved the day.
Given the total lack of practice prior to this event, the team stayed with our familiar performance routines. You can catch a video of our performance here. Conditions were difficult given the strong and gusty winds from the northeast that cascades down the central mountains into the river valley. No matter! All the teams were able to put up great performances! The team put up our Ip Man and Sway routines, Team 8+ did a magnificent routine to Nat King Cole’s “Love”, Ming Ming from Beijing pulled off great many dual-line routines with the Flying Wings Duende, the Shenzhen all female kite team with their duallies with long tails, Mr Kang of Korea with a very lovable “Gangnam Style” kite and routine.
Last but not least, an impromptu Rev pair routine by Alia of Penang and AKA Masterclass flier Wen Jeng. As usual, the finale has to be the Rev megafly. This year’s megateam comprises Team 8+, Azemi and Alia and Team AirNergy, with a total of 12-14 kites. Big smileys and balls never fail to extract thunderous applause from the public. Little things that put a big smile on every flier :). Here’s some photos from the mega fly, courtesy of Bell Chiu.
The whole of Monday was spent touring the city in Miaoli county with Albert as our tour guide. We visited the the Shei-Pa National Park, the Hakka village, wood carving district, the ShenXing railway station (which is the highest railway station on the western line) and also the Long Teng broken bridge, which had collapsed after 2 devastating earthquakes.
It has been a wonderful journey to put up performances in places we have never been to before, meeting new friends and catching up with old ones. We hoped that the festival have brought much fun to people in Miaoli county!