Dragon Boat Racing
Dragon boat racing is an indispensable part of the Dragon Boat Festival, an annual national ceremony for commemoration of Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet in China芒鈧劉s Warring States Period (475-221 BC) who plunged himself into the Miluo River.
As the gun is fired, people will see racers in dragon-shaped canoes pulling the oars harmoniously and hurriedly, accompanied by rapid drums, speeding toward their destination. Folk tales say the game originates from the activities of seeking Qu Yuan"s body, but experts, after painstaking and meticulous research, conclude that dragon boat racing is a semi-religious, semi-entertaining program from the Warring States Period.
In the following thousands of years, the game spread to Japan, Vietnam and Britain as well as China"s Taiwan and Hong Kong. Now dragon boat racing has developed into an aquatic sports item which features both Chinese tradition and the modern sporting spirit. In 1980, it was listed in the state sports competition program and has since been held every year. The award is called the "Qu Yuan Cup".