Lonely Planet Writer

Annual Dragon Boat Festival gets underway

The Dragon Boat Festival, Hong Kong.
The Dragon Boat Festival, Hong Kong. Image by Toby Oxborrow / CC BY-SA 2.0

People across China and Taiwan are gearing up for a three-day weekend in celebration of Dragon Boat Festival. This annual holiday is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. Its mythical origin is said to have been when the poet Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Miluo River and locals raced their boats to his rescue, dropping balls of sticky rice into the river so the fish would not feast on Qu’s body. The festival includes dragon boat races and the eating of zongzi, or sticky rice dumplings. Dragon boat races will be held in cities across the region, most on Saturday.

See the following for race schedules:
Shanghai: timeoutshanghai.com
Hong Kong: scmp.com
Beijing: timeoutbeijing.com
Taipei: taipeitravel.net
Hangzhou: chinahighlights.com
Shenzhen: lovesz.net