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Dragon boats cruise in Beijing

2010-06-17 06:51:38 GMT2010-06-17 14:51:38 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A three-day festival with dragon boat races commemorates the Chinese folk hero and poet Qu Yuan

Dragon boats race in Beijing as part of a 1,300-year-old festival.

The annual celebration commemorates the folk hero and poet Qu Yuan, who leaped to his death after his country was conquered.

Distraught villagers set out in boats, banging drums in an attempt to protect the wholeness of the poet's body.

The tradition has evolved into annual dragon boat races on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese calendar.

The festival is a family holiday with food at home and crowds gathered to watch the races.

"I like the race because the dragon boats are raced over here and over there. The people are shouting, 'Go! Go!' Anyway, I think it is very spectacular."

The race is considered a performance rather than a competition, with no declared winner.

Andrew Bossone, Reuters.

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