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Dragon boat racing

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)

Rowers paddle in Hong Kong's annual Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Tuen Ng, one of many across the territory May 28. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)

Participants compete in the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Liuzhou, in China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region May 28. (REUTERS/China Daily) #

Dragon Boats sit at the docks before the start of the Qinglong Lake Dragon Boats Competition May 23 in Beijing. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #

Part of the Hong Kong skyline serves as backdrop to dragon boat races May 28. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Flag bedecked ships serve as floating grandstands for spectators to take in the dragon boat races in Hong Kong May 28. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Rowers strain at their task in the Hong Kong dragon boat races May 28. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images) #

One team watches while another pulls in at the Hong Kong dragon boat races May 28. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Performers smile during an event celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival in Beijing May 28. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) #

Performers hold lanterns during a performance celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival in Beijing May 28. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) #

A girl stands on a dock after celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival in Beijing May 28. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) #

Participants compete in the Sun Life Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships in Hong Kong May 28. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu) #

Participants celebrate after competing in the Sun Life Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships in Hong Kong May 28. (REUTERS/Aaron Tam) #

Teams compete in the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Liuzhou, in China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region May 28. (REUTERS/China Daily) #

A Taiwanese man wins a prize for his team at the traditional Dragon Boat Festival May 28 in Taipei. (AP Photo/ Chiang Ying-ying) #

Participants plow through the course during the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Hangzhou, China May 28. (REUTERS/Henry Lee) #

Rowers engage in furious competition at Dragon Boat races in Hong Kong May 28. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) #

Fans and teams celebrate during Dragon Boat races in Hong Kong May 28. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) #

Teams are a splashy blur on the course at a Hong Kong dragon boat race May 28. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) #

Participants gather before a race in Hangzhou, China May 28. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images) #


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- fantastic event, artfully captured captured by the camera. thank you!

Posted by Tommie Flynn June 7, 09 09:35 AM
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Nice photos, Thanks for forwarding, Phil.
At least, after viewing so many different kind of dragon boats, I feel better now.
This year's race is certainly a lot more elaborated than the one I went to last year.

Posted by H. June 8, 09 05:12 AM
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Great photos. Thank you!

Posted by yip June 8, 09 10:14 PM
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We refer to the participants as paddlers, not as rowers. If you call the paddlers rowers, you buy the beer.

Posted by Dick Boos June 22, 09 05:54 PM
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