Friday, 6 July 2012

Dragon boat races

Just found a bit of film that I'd forgotten I'd taken of the Dragon Boat racing in Hong Kong. The Dragon Boat race marks the annual Tuen Ng festival and there were races in various locations; Stanley, Shatin, Tuen Mun, Discovery Bay in Lantau, Sai Kung, Tai Po and Cheung Chau, but we watched from Aberdeen which was a good choice as there was a good atmosphere but it wasn't ridiculously busy.

It's a very visual spectacle which commemorates the poet Qu Yuan who threw himself into the Miluo River when the Emperor refused to listen to his concerns about the way the country was being run. The people at the time tried to save him, while beating drums and dropping rice balls into the river to stop fish from eating his body.

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