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Dragon boat races are a beautiful combination of athletics and festival. Legends on the origin of the sport vary, but the most persistant holds that Qu Yuan, a Chu kingdom politician in China's Warring States period, had opposed his king and was banished. Crafting much-loved poetry during his exile, he finally committed suicide in 278 BC by drowning himself in the Miluo River. Admirers were said to have thrown food into the river and to have paddled out in boats to keep the fish from eating his body. Dragon boat races are now held in many countries, including these from various cities in China and Taiwan. ( 19 photos total)
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