Foreigners join in Chinese dragon boat racing

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Dragon Boat racing is a tradition that started more than a thousand years ago to commemorate Qu Yuan, an ancient poet who sacrificed for his country . In the eastern city of Hangzhou, some keen foreigners joined in the fun. Read:What is the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival?
CCTV’s Ying yiyuan filed the report from Hangzhou.

Foreigners try their luck at Chinese dragon boat racing

Foreigners try their luck at Chinese dragon boat racing

Dragon Boat racing is a tradition that started more than a thousand years ago to commemorate Qu Yuan, an ancient poet who sacrificed for his country . In the eastern city of Hangzhou, some keen foreigners joined in the fun.CCTV's Ying yiyuan filed the report from Hangzhou.

Highlight:

  • Warming up for the big test, these international competitors are from 27 countries, and they are joining the locals in this race.
  • Each 18-metre-long boat has ten paddlers; a drummer man at the front to help them keep their rhythm; and a helmsman at the tail to steer.
  • The leaders sprint towards the finish line, after completing the 12-hundred metre race in about 10 minutes, but just completing the course can be an achievement in itself.