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The Cross-Strait Dragon Boat Race

The Dragon Boat Race is a traditional ceremony to honor the memory of Qu Yuan, the 4th century BCE poet and minister who committed suicide in protest against the corruption of his times. It symbolizes the repeated attempts made by onlookers to protect his body from being attacked by fish in the river where he met his death. Chinese are not so much interested in competing or winning something, as in enjoying the festival atmosphere. We also like eating zongzi on this day. 

 

During 25 and 26 May 2013, the Cross-Strait Dragon Boat Race was held in Jimei. Seventy-eight teams from Taiwan and Xiamen took part and the competition was fierce.  Students from Xiamen University of Technology also participated in this event. Colorful wooden dragon heads were attached to the bows of the boats and dragon tails at the sterns. The moment the starting pistol was fired, cheerful sounds of drums, gongs and cymbals echoed to the clouds. Spectators were shouting and laughing loudly with excitement as the rowers bent to their task. Out of breath, their faces red with effort, they drove their boats towards the finishing line.