Left, Semi-Slender Swallow and on the right a Duel Swallows.Traditionally made from bamboo canes covered with paper and silk kite designs and construction can vary from region to region. The swallow is a symbol of love but the designs incorporated into the kite also have auspicious meanings with wings of flowers and fish symbolising a lucky and bountiful life.
The stamps are designed by Pan Keming (b1940) whose art has appeared on other China Post stamps on a variety of subjects.
One thing a kite can't do without is a good wind just like a windjammer sailing ship.
The stamp paintings are by the Manx artist John Hobson Nicholson (1911-1988) who designed stamps, coins and banknotes for the island. This miniature sheet must be the last one he ever produced.
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps "Anything You Wish" of which more here