Dragon Boat Race
The Race of Races
The spectacle of the Dragon Boat Race, held annually throughout China, inspired Part of a Bigger Plan to voyage through influential events in Chinese culture. The aquatic national holiday on June 23 celebrates the life of Qu Yuan, a Chinese statesman and poet who flung himself into the Miluo River in protest against imperial corruption, as part of the Duanwu festival marking the summer solstice. Teams comprised of 20 paddlers compete in brightly coloured ceremonial boats to the rhythms of pounding drums. The dragon boats being ornately carved with potent dragon imagery at their bow and stern. Let the race begin.
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