Early kite flying season in Can Tho City

Published:  08:48 Thursday - March 07, 2013

Early kite flying season in Can Tho City

As the wind starts to blow in Can Tho City hundreds have started to fly their kites around Hau River Park daily for pleasure.

Hundreds fly their kites around Hau River Park daily for pleasure

Nguyen Thi Thanh Trang, who sells kites at Xuan Khanh Market, said, “Even though the kite season doesn’t usually peak until March, I and several others decided to start selling right after Tet because of the early winds.”

According to Trang, this year prices for large kites have increased by between VND10,000 and VND15,000 (USD0.50-USD0.70), and smaller ones by between VND3,000 and VND5,000 (USD0.14-USD0.23).

People often gather around Can Tho University’s stadium, or Quang Trung and Con Khuong Bridges to fly kites, but Hau River Park seems to have become the most attractive spot, often seeing 500 to 600 people every day, and sometimes as many as 1,000.

Hau is part of a sort of informal kite search and rescue group, who find lost kites and resell them. Last year he said he earned VND70,000-100,000 (USD3.34-USD4.78) a day, but is worried about more competitors this year.

“I can make anywhere from VND10,000 to 20,000 (USD0.50-USD0.95) finding a kite. We sell them at about half the price they would cost new,” Hau said.


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