The Beijing Dragon Boat Racing Team trains out of this clubhouse on the western shore of Houhai Lake between April and October. Pass by on a Sunday afternoon and you've got a good chance of seeing them in action.
Dragon boat racing is said to derive from the drowning of a patriotic Chinese poet, Qu Yuan (340–276 BC). The legend goes that the people were so distressed at Qu's death that they paddled out and tossed rice into the water to feed the fish so they wouldn't eat his body. The Duanwu Festival, or Dragon Boat Festival, takes place on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, when Qu is commemorated across China through dragon boat racing and the eating of rice parcels called zòngzi.