Let's Look at China through stamps

6. Kites

The Chinese invented the kite. The first kites were made of wood and cloth and were usually in the shape of birds. The full set of these Chinese stamps show one in the shape of a hawk, a phoenix (an imaginary bird), a dragon and one showing the Chinese eight diagrams.

The Chinese word for kite is 

风 筝 fēngzhēng   

The Chinese eight diagrams link to the sky, marsh, fire, thunder, wind, water, mountains and earth.

Do you know your Chinese numbers? 

The characters are given below but they are mixed up! Sort them in the correct order. 

四    七    一    三   六   八     五    二 

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