Dragon Boat Race in Foshan

On May 31, Journey to the East Studio provided a live broadcast of the exciting Dragon Boat Race in Tantou Village, Foshan on Facebook.

Wanna feel the stimulation when the Dragon Boats drift on the river? Wanna taste the one and only Dragon Boat Cuisine? There are also handsome & pretty hosts to tell you the customs about Dragon Boat Race.

Here is the illustrated review and let our hosts guide you through the whole event.
Tantou Village, Foshan

8:00 am

Arrive at Tantou Village, Foshan

The village is bathed in the morning sunshine. The river is quiet, drums for the day are ready, and the colorful flags flutter in the air.

Handsome & pretty hosts

Seems there will be an amazing Dragon Boat Race in this nice little village! Sooo exited!!!

First of all, meet our handsome & pretty hosts.

-Hi, I’m Hasan, from Bangladesh.

-Hi, I’m Fanni, from Foshan, Guangdong. We are here in the village for...

-Its famous Dragon Boat Race!

Ready to cook Dragon Boat Cuisine

9:00 - 12:00 AM

Cook and enjoy Dragon Boat Cuisine

Fanni: Well, actually we are here to cook the Dragon Boat Cuisine first...

Hasan: Maybe...in Bangladesh version. No idea what it is LOL. Help me out. How do you usually cook these vegetables and stuff?

Cook for 50 tables!!!
Hasan: I cooked Chinese food before, but never for 50 tables. The cooks, they are all professionals. Looking forward to the cuisine. I know it gonna taste great.
Master of Dragon Boat Cuisine

Hasan: Before we cook, the locals said it might help if we pray in front of ... the God of Kitchen?

Sincere thanks to the God of Kitchen! We have Chef Lee, the master of Dragon Boat Cuisine.  

Let me have a try. Wow, it surely is more difficult than it looks. 

Chef Lee said the Dragon Boat Cuisine serves everyone in the village and is cooked by only two chefs.

Let's eat with special “appetizer”

Hasan: Before eating, there is a special “appetizer”. And... here comes the dragon dance and lion dance.

The Dragon Boat Cuisine is almost ready!!! People start gathering together for the lunch, and of course... the race later.

Yummy dishes are on the way

Hasan & Fanni: Dragon Boat Cuisine is on the way. Yummy, can’t wait to try!!!

I can't tell the exact names of the dishes, but they are all very delicious.

Of course, part of the reason is that I also contribute to the cooking. Enjoy!

Ready for the Dragon Boat Race

12:00 - 4:00 PM

Enjoy Dragon Boat Race (drift)

Hasan: After lunch, we are ready for the Dragon Boat Race. People have been waiting by the river bank.

Wing Chun performance

Hasan: Before the race, there is a special Wing Chun performance on the boat.

Wing Chun is a concept-based Chinese martial art originated form Foshan.

Bruce Lee from Foshan is one of the most famous practitioners of Wing Chun.

Lion dance and dragon dance

Hasan: There is also lion dance and dragon dance on the boat.

First time to watch this. So much fun.

Haha!!! I am on the boat!!! Do you see me?

Ambitious teams, exciting game!

Hasan: I bet on this one... The team looks really ambitious. Well, they all look ambitious anyway.

Hmm, this team seems much quicker? So exciting!

Come on! I believe you can win the game.

Long history of Dragon Boat Race
Hasan: The village has a long history of Dragon Boat Race and a long history of glory.

Back to the race. More photos of the exciting Dragon Boat Race.

Come on, guys!!!! Come on!!!

Let's call it a day

Last but not least, before we wrap up the live broadcast, let’s take a group photo to mark this moment.

Say cheese, everyone!

How do you like this journey? Hope you enjoy it like I did.

How to Appreciate Dragon Boat Racing

Firstly, focus on the performance of the key member. The leading rower controls the frequency of the oar, and attracts the attention of audience by body language.

Secondly, focus on the position of rowers. The dragon boat should be balanced.

Thirdly, focus on the cooperation among rowers. When we look down, all the rowers should lean on the sides of the boat and generate power together. The dragon boat is the most competitive.

Dragon Boat Festival in GZ

For thousands of years, the festival, memorializing the Warring States Period patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340 B.C.-278 B.C.) who drowned himself in a river, has been marked by eating zongzi and racing dragon boats.

In Dragon Boat Festival, dozens of dragon boats compete in Zhujiang, Guangzhou. It is really a spectacular event worth of seeing.


Agricultural Boat Racing in Panyu

On Dragon Boat Festival, Agricultural Boat Racing is held in Haibang Village, Panyu. The crowded riverside rang with the sound of drums and gongs and the shouting of cheers.

The game is fierce and thrilling; all the participants struck the water with rows and fight hard for the first. The scene is similar to a painting of water region.

Dragon boat race in Shenzhen
A dragon boat race is in action in Guanlan River in Longhua District over the weekend. A dozen teams formed by companies in the district participated in the race to mark the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on May 30, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar.
Dragon Boat Racing in Huizhou

Dragon Boat Festival is also known as Double Fifth Festival in Huizhou. During the 1st to 6th day of the fifth lunar month, dragon boat racing is organized by tradition. It flourished for thousands of years.

On Double Fifth Festival, rivers usually rise in Huizhou, and the swollen waters arouse the enthusiasm of local people to take part in boat racing. By the riverside of Dongjiang, all the involved dragon boats would participate in the opening ceremony before the game, and take turns to compete.

Dragon crews hone skills

The annual Dragon Boat Cultural Festival as a prelude to the 5th Doumen Sports Festival will see 51 teams from Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao compete on the Huangyang River on May 13 for the upcoming holiday season.

Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Jie), falls on May 30 this year, although races can be held at any time in the spring and early summer. China will have an official three-day holiday beginning Sunday, May 28.

Lifting submerged boats

A traditional ritual, called "dragon boat lifting," was held in villages throughout Guangzhou this week due to the Dragon Boat Festival is around the corner. The event, which usually occurs around April 8 on the Chinese lunar calendar, fell on May 3 this year.

Villagers from Pantang village in Liwan district and Xiazhuang village in Baiyun district were among those, on this day, who dragged out the dragon boats that are kept under water right before the arrival of the Dragon Boat Festival.

Best Dragon Boat View

More than 120 dragon boats from 38 villages gathered in Chebei Village yesterday. It was the largest gathering of dragon boats in Guangzhou and attracted over 100,000 people.

The viewing of dragon boats in Chebei Village has been a traditional custom for more than 150 years.

Dragon Boat Racing of Asian Club

Dragon boat racing, a traditional activity in China, is observed and celebrated in many areas of China, especially in Guangdong Province. Foshan is also very famous for its dragon boat racing.

Nanhai District and Shunde District are known as the “home of dragon boat” in China. Dragon boat racing has become a traditional folk custom with unique characteristic in Foshan as well as a key part of Lingnan culture.

International Dragon Boat Races

One-hundred teams of male and female paddlers will compete in a full-day of festivities, broken down into four phases. A preliminary contest will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..

The official opening ceremony then will take place at 2 p.m. to be followed by the final race and an awards ceremony. The events are scheduled to wrap up at about 4:30 p.m.

Yangjiang Dragon-boat Racing

Apart from the dragon-boat racing against the current in Jiangcheng and Dongping, the dragon-boat racing on the sea in Zhapo is even more unique.

Dragon boats used for sea race are not as exquisite as those for river race – they are just the daily fishing boats called “Ting Zai”, meaning “little boat” literally with colored flags. This way, the race is even more rough and exciting.

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