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Where to Watch Dragon Boat Races in Guangzhou

Updated Beijing Time

The three most widespread activities for the Duanwu festival are eating (and preparing) zongzi, an angular rice ball wrapped in reed or bamboo leaves; drinking realgar wine, and racing dragon boats.

Life of Guangzhou here recommends some places to watch dragon boat races in Guangzhou. As one with a curiosity of local colors, you can not miss the majestic scenes on the river.



Xiaozhou Cun Village (小洲村)
Time: from 7:00 am on May 19 to 30, 2009 (the first day to the seventh day of the fifth lunar month)

Xiaozhou Village features classical Cantonese community landscapesby water, including canals, well-kept ancient buildings, bridges and local folkways. More and more artists, writers, photographers and college students live, work and visit here. [More]

Liede Village (猎德村)
Time: May 28 (Duanwu festival, also the fifth day of the fifth lunar month)

According to the local tradition, a host village invites dragon boats from the neighboring villages, which then send their replies on red paper. Then on the first day of the fifth lunar month, the dragon boats row to the host village to the beat of drums and firecrackers. [More]

Xintang (新塘)
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm, June 4 (the twelfth day of the fifth lunar month)

37 dragon boats and over 2,000 racers from the Xintang will join the event, before which about one hundred boats from the surrounding areas will cruise.
 
First Dragon Boat Cultural Festival (首届番禺龙舟文化节)
Time: May 28, (Duanwu festival, also the fifth day of the fifth lunar month)

Dragon boat races and cruises will be held in Guangzhou's Panyu District on May 28, as 116 boats from Hunan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Fujian provinces join the activities to show off their color and prowess. [More]

2009 Guangzhou International Dragon Boat Racing Tournament (广州国际龙舟邀请赛)

Time: 11:00-16:00, June 6 (the fourteen day of the fifth lunar month)

102 teams from home and abroad will be involved in the event in which boats travel from Guangzhou Bridge to Haiyin Bridge( 广州大桥至海印桥). [More]

Source: Lifeofguangzhou.com

Editor: Jessie Hwang

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