Dragon Boat Festival

(2007-06-22)

(Zhanjiang’s Xinhua net) June 17 th and 18 th was the warm up stage of boat competition in Zhanjiang, which officially hold in sea area of the Jinshawan Promenade during the Dragon Boat Festival (June 19 th). This time, 37 teams joined this activity, coming from more than 10 countries. It was the first time large-scale international dragon boats competition in Zhanjiang, and especially the largest for the number of teams involved. Teams came from US, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Germany, Holland, Italy, England, Japan, Philippine, but also from Hong Kong, Macao, Taibei, Guangzhou, Shaoguan and 3 Zhanjiang universities. Each team composed by 30 persons, there was more than 1,000 athletes participating this competition. Zhanjiang City had tried to do the best to prepare the final event. The route of competition sea area was deep (approximately 7 to 8 meters), the sea-level broad, with big storms, and the challenge and impulse were strong. The boating’s custom during the Dragon Boat Festival has more than 400 years history in Zhanjiang. On June 17 th, the Zhanjiang’s two Dragon dance team and Lion dance team had a simple rehearsal, together with Leizhou’s team, Lianjiang’s team and Potou’s team, near the competion sea area of Jinshawan Promenade. Tens thousands of people have been attracted by the show. This international Dragon Boat invitation competition was organized by the Centre of Society Sport, Direction of the National Sport Bureau, the Chinese Dragon Boat Association and the Zhanjiang’s government. On June 19th afternoon, the Dragon Boat Competition held in sea area of Jinshawan Promenade. And this day not only many local people look at the boats competition, also showing the Dragon dance and Lion dance on beach, all of these let the atmosphere of competition climax and climax. That was a really happy Dragon Boat Festival in Zhanjiang. After strong struggles for the first place, the Indonesia team won the men’s competition, and the Australia team won the women’s one.

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