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A Taste of Duan Wu Festival Race

HiTouch 08 June 2016

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Dragons don’t go to sleep when the sun sets; they get up and race. The Duan Wu Festival, also called the Dragon Boat Festival, is celebrated on fifth day of May according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

For thousands of years, dragon boat race is the most exciting tradition of the festival which includes a cheering crowd and rowing.

As the gun is fired, people will see racers in dragon-shaped canoes pulling the oars harmoniously and hurriedly, accompanied by rapid drum, speeding towards their destination.

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People might ask “Why the dragon head?” In ancient China, people believe that painted dragons on the boat can scare away evil spirit from harming the fishman.

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A modern dragon boat usually contains 12 to 20 people, includes paddlers, one drumer and one steerer. It’s highly in demand of accordance from the players. The drummer controls the stroke pace to make sure all of the paddlers synchronize with each other. Now dragon boat race has developed into an aquatic sports item which features both Chinese tradition and modern sporting spirit.

Come to join the celebration! Feel the atmosphere! Deep in the rain or hot under the sun, you’ll find nothing can stop us from the race.

2016 Guangzhou International Dragon Boat Race

Date: 15 June, 2016

Location: Sun Yat-Sen University North Gate to Guangzhou Bridge riverside

Price: Free

To celebrate the festival, we’re going to take three days off from 9 June, 2016 to 11 June, 2016. And we will return to normal services on 12 June.

HiTouch wishes you a happy holiday! Enjoy the fun and adventures of Duan Wu Festival!