Discover one of the world's oldest cultural festivals
The state official Qu Yuan (340-278BCE), sometimes known as the father of Chinese poetry (which is why this is also Poet’s Day), committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River. When he walked into the river, some say carrying a heavy stone, friends rushed to try to save him. They failed, but the effort gave rise to a festival in which boats rush across the water to re-enact the tragic event.
By the 1980s, especially in Stanley, ‘mixed’ racing – in every sense including local/foreign, male/female crews and all female crews – had become the norm. Hong Kong had become the venue of its own new ‘international’ sport. As a traditional religious ritual, the one known as The Dragon Boat Water Parade held annually in Tai O, Lantau is already inscribed on China’s third national list of intangible cultural heritage!
Created by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum