Guangzhou Dragon Boat Race

Also named Festival of May, Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of lunar calendar.

2017 Guangzhou Dragon Boat Race has kicked off in May 24 and will last until June 8. About 2300 dragon boats will join the dragon boat races held around more than 130 places over 8 districts in Guangzhou. Don’t miss these spectacular shows!

Haizhu District, Guangzhou

Dragon Boat Race in Tuhuacun, Haizhu District

Time: May 28; Add.: Water gate of Shiliugang; Ticket: Free; Best viewing point: the water gate of Shiliugang in Tuhuacun.

Bus: Take Bus No.270, 252 to Tuhua Bus Station and walk to the Hongsheng Temple.

Yangjicun, Guangzhou

2017 Dragon Boat Race in Yangjicun, Guangzhou

Time: May 31; Add.: Northeast side of Guangzhou Bridge over the Pearl River; Ticket: Free

Best viewing point: Riverside below the North Approach Bridge of Guangzhou Bridge

Bus: Take Bus No.37, 301, 305, 303 and B21 to Wuyang New Town Bus Station.

Liede Road, Tianhe District

Time: May 30; Add.: Liede Style Street; Ticket: Free

Best viewing point: Either side of the Liede Style Street and the riverside of Zhujiang Park and Liedechong.

Metro: Take Metro Line 5 and get off at Liede Station; exit at the entrance C and walk about 600 meters to the destination.

Chebeichong, Tianhe District

Over 200 dragon boats gathering in Chebei

What makes the dragon boat race in Chebei unique is the Chebei Scenic Spot that has attracted more than 10 thousand lookers-on during the previous year, the most significant number of visitors in Guangzhou.

Metro: Take Metro Line 4 and get off at Chebei Station; exit at the entrance D and walk 1.2 kilometers to the destination.

Liwan District, Guangzhou

Dragon Boat Festival Celebration in Liwan District

The activity includes several parts, such as “calling together the dragons" and other activities related to the traditional culture of dragon boat.

Time: May 28 - 31; Add.: Lichee Bay; Ticket: Free; Take Metro Line 5 and get off at No.8 Zhongshan Road Station; exit at entrance B and walk about 8 kilometers to the Longjin West Road towards the direction of the Renwei Temple.

 

Highlights of the Festival

What are the highlights of the Dragon Boat Festival celebration? You are gonna be amazed at its various forms of activities and it lasts much longer than the former ones!

It has four parts - “Calling Together the Dragons ”,“Dance of the dragons”,“Parade of the Dragons” ,“Appreciating the Dragons”.

Calling Together the Dragons

“Calling Together the Dragons ” on Lichee Bay

One part of the celebration - Calling Together the Dragons - combines the stage art with Lingnan’s authentic traditional customs.

It perfectly integrates the art of stage performance and emotional elements to create a festival and harmonious cultural ceremony!

Dance of the dragons

“Dance of the Dragons”in Xiguan

Different from the previous celebration, a grand land parade will be held during the celebration this year. With the culture of the dragon boat as the core, people express their respects and best wishes to the Dragon Boat Festival.

Parade of the Dragons

“Parade of the Dragons” by the Pearl River

The Lion Dance & Beating Drums Performance, Flag Granting Ceremony, the Dragon Boat Parade, Traditional Customs Exhibition, and the Dragon Boat Races together form the grand scene that is definitely a visual feast!

Appreciating the Dragons

“Appreciating the Dragons” on Lichee Bay

Besides the five main theme activities, there are other regular activities, such as inviting the Rappers to rap about the culture of the Dragon Boat Festival, enjoying the Zongzi - the special food of Dragon Boat Festival, the cultural exhibition, and other activities. What’s more, Guangdong Opera performance and the antique exhibition are what you can not miss!

Inviting the Dragons

“Inviting the Dragons” on Lichee Bay

“Calling Together the Dragons” in Xiguan

Pray for Luck

Time: 09:00 am -12:00 am on May 28th

Address: Lichee Bay and the Lichee Bay Park (荔枝湾及荔湾湖公园)

Land Parade & Water Parade

“Dance of the dragons”in Xiguan

Land Parade | Time: 09:30 am -11:00 am on May 29th

Add.: Lichee Bay and the Lichee Bay Park (荔枝湾及荔湾湖公园)

“Parade of the Dragons” by the Peal River

Water Parade | Time: 09:30 am -11:30 am; 14:00 pm -16:00 pm on May 30th

Add.: Lichee Bay and the Lichee Bay Park (荔枝湾及荔湾湖公园)

Receiving the “Dragons’ Eggs”

Welcoming the dragons in Xiguan

Receiving the “Dragons’ Eggs” | Time: 09:30 am -10:30 am on May 31st

Add.: the Red Building of Jiang Guangnai Square (蒋光鼐广场小红楼)

Appreciating the dragons in Liwan District

Rap Performance | Time: May 28th - 31st; Add.: Lijin Yundi (荔径云堤)

Dragon Boat Culture Exhibition

Dragon Boat Culture Exhibition | Time: May 28th - 31st; Add.: Liang Ancestral Temple (梁家祠)

Guangdong Opera Performance | Time: May 28th - 31st; Add.: Lichee Bay Stage (荔枝湾大戏台)

Xiguan Culture Exhibition | Time: May 28th - 31st; Add.: Li Garden (荔园)

Art Show of Lichee Bay

Art Show of Lichee Bay | Time: May 28th - 31st; Add.: the second floor of Langqiao Building (廊桥二楼)

Enjoying Zongzi | Time: May 28th - 31st; Add.: Liyuan Square (荔园广场)

Antique Exhibition | Time: May 28th - 31st; Add.: The publicity area of Lichee Bay (广州古玩城)

Honest Culture Exhibition

Honest Culture Exhibition Sponsored by Hao Jiafeng

Time: May 28th - 31st; Add.: the publicity area of Lichee Bay(荔枝湾沿线宣传栏)

Canoes Performance

Time: May 28th - 31st; Add.: the Wuxiu Lake in the Lichee Bay Park (荔湾湖公园五秀湖)

By Jecey & Grace

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