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Macau International Dragon Boat Festival

08-11-2010 14:44 BJT

 

A unique opportunity for visitors to experience a truly historic undertaking, this ancient Chinese festival comprises a highly flamboyant race.
Part of Chinese history and culture, the International Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of poet Wat Yuen who drowned himself in a protest against corruption in the third century BC. A truly dazzling and colourful affair, the races are an integral part of Macau culture, stemming from myths that the Chinese people took to the water in a bid to protect Wat Yuen's body.

With decorative and stunningly ornate boats, teams of approximately 20 paddlers fight for victory in their 10m boats, creating a highly competitive and exuberant atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. With flashes of scales, and beautifully carved dragon heads, the boats race across the lakes, surrounded by stunning scenery, certainly an event not to be missed.

For those visiting the region, a multitude of Macau hotels exist to allow individuals to relax in a vibrant oriental atmosphere. Like China's other special administrative region, Hong Kong, Macau remains an eclectic mix of cultures with festivals, events and traditional offerings to inspire any tourist's needs.

Editor:Liu Yan |Source: CNTV

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