Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Puff the Magic Dragon

Dragon Boat Race

Liuzhou hasn't hung back in its recently announced threat promise to exploit the river to develop tourism. The upcoming "International Aquatic Carnival" not only once again features the F1 Powerboat championship on October 6th and 7th, but also the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) will present the next stop of their World Cup series on October 1st-3rd.

But it isn't all international rich kids playing with their toys.

It has now been announced that Liuzhou will host final of the the first national dragon boat race on October 24. Featuring 18 teams and 504 contestants, the final "will be one of the most intense dragon boat competitions ever held in the country."

The Dragon Boat Race is an ancient tradition in China, usually held on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, known as Duanwu (around June by the western calendar). This is now a public holiday in China, held to commemorate the death of poet Qu Yuan (c. 340 BC – 278 BC). Or possibly not.

Whatever the origins, the Dragon Boat Races are very popular in China and Liuzhou does for once seem to have pulled off something of a coup.

. This entry was posted on Friday, September 25th, 2009 at 11:36 am and is filed under Chinese Holidays, Food and Drink, Liuzhou News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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