Last Dragon Boat of Ancient Liede Village Settles in Museum
More than 100 villagers worked hard to uplift it to the new Museum 400 meters away in one good hour.
"Flower Dragon" was uplifted gradually to the fourth floor of New Guangdong Provincial Museum.
The "Flower Dragon" of Liede Village officially settled in the new Guangdong Provincial Museum on January 22, 2008. The "Flower Dragon" has a length of 40.43 meters and a weight of 4 tons, which has won honors repeatedly and is currently the longest collection of the new Museum.
On the early morning of January 22, in face of the bleak wind, the Liede villagers pushed the "Flower Dragon" out of the bottom of the ice cold river slowly. With the help of two cranes, the villagers moved the "Flower Dragon" onto the bank. Then more than 100 villagers worked hard to uplift it to the new Museum 400 meters away in one good hour. At around 11 a.m., the "Flower Dragon" was moved to the ground construction site of the new Museum, which was then uplifted gradually to the fourth floor under the reluctant gaze of the villagers. And finally the "Flower Dragon" was placed in a girderless room of 23 meters in span and 117 meters in length. It was introduced that this is where the historic and cultural hall is located in the new Museum.
The dragon boat was built in the 80s' of last century. And the latest contest it engaged in was in 2004, winning the first prize of the "Traditional Dragon Event" of Guangzhou International Dragon Boat Races.
Liede Village has a history of nearly 900 years, while the Dragon Boat Racing existed at least 800 years for the villagers. At all times, the dragon boats will be buried deep under the earth of the village river after dragon racing, which is an old rite with the purpose of keeping the wood block of the dragon boat wet and not cracking. Since 1992, the villagers began to adopt the method of soaking the dragon boat on the bottom of the village river.
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