Over a hundred dragon boats race to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival which falls on Wednesday. The event was held originally to honor the Chinese poet Qu Yuan (c. 340 BC-278 BC) of the Warring States Period.
2010-06-17 06:25:05 GMT Xinhua English
HONG KONG, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of paddlers from home and abroad joined eight dragon boat regattas at tourist spots across Hong Kong on Wednesday, turning the traditional summertime festival sport into a dragon boat racing "World Cup".
2010-06-15 01:52:11 GMT Xinhua English
People paddle in the water during an annual dragon boat activity held in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 14, 2010, to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Dragon Boat Festival.
2010-06-15 00:19:17 GMT Xinhua English
BEIJING, June 15 (Xinhuanet) -- In addition to dragon boat racing and eating zongzi dumplings, the to-do list for this year's Dragon Boat Festival has two new items: touring Expo and watching the World Cup.
2010-06-12 07:42:32 GMT SINA.com
A dragon boat or "dragonboat" is a very long and narrow, canoe style human-powered boat now used in the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing which originated in China over 2000 years ago. While competition has taken place annually for more than 20 centuries as part of folk ritual, it emerged in modern times as an international "sport" in Hong Kong in 1976. Like running, horse racing and marksmanship, the racing of dragon boats is among mankind's oldest organized competitions.
2010-06-12 07:16:46 GMT SINA.com
The Duanwu Festival (in Mandarin Chinese pronunciation) or Tuen Ng Festival (in Cantonese Chinese pronunciation) is a Chinese traditional and statutory holiday. It is a public holiday in mainland China and Taiwan, where it is called the "Duanwu Jie" and a public holiday in Hong Kong and Macau, where it is called the "Tuen Ng Jit". In English it is also referred to as "Dragon Boat Festival", after one of the traditional activities for the holiday.
2010-06-15 09:52:14 GMT Xinhua English
Participants compete in a dragon boat race on the Yangtze River during an event marking the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival in Zigui county, Qu Yuan's hometown in central China's Hubei Province, June 15, 2010.
2010-06-13 06:40:57 GMT Xinhua English
Residents display creations during a reed leaves costume show, at Xiaoying community of Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, June 12, 2010, to greet the upcoming Chinese Dragon Boat Festival.
2010-06-12 07:26:04 GMT Xinhua English
Local residents make fragrant bags to greet the upcoming Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, at Zhonglou community in Xinchang County, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 8, 2010.
2010-06-04 07:49:16 GMT China Daily
Octogenarians competed to wrap zongzi, a traditional Chinese food made of glutinous rice folded into bamboo leaves and used to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival that falls on the fifth day of the fifth month on Chinese lunar calendar, in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu province, June 2, 2010.
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