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szdaily -> Travel -> 
Celebrating Dragon Boat Festival (III)
    2014-06-02  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    

DRAGON Boat Festival, falling on today this year, is a historic Chinese festival that occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival commemorates the patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340-278 B.C.). Since ancient times, the Dragon Boat Festival has been a joyful time of family reunions. Here are more interesting places for families and friends to experience a traditional lunar festival in some beautiful cities and towns.

 

    Zigui, Hubei Province

    Located in the western part of Hubei Province, Zigui is the hometown of Qu Yuan. It has been a county since the Han Dynasty (260 B.C.-A.D. 220). The city, surrounded by walls, has a very classical architectural style. As it is in the shape of a gourd, the city is called the “Gourd City.” Since the city wall is composed of piled stones, the city is also named the “Stone City.” The well-known Xiling Gorge is just about 10 kilometers from it.

    According to legends, before Qu was exiled, his elder sister came back from far away to console him. Later generations chose the name Zigui as the county name to show their respect to this sister. “Zi” means sister and “gui” means coming back.

    Locals will commemorate Qu by a grand dragon boat race, a poetry reading event and a sacrifice ceremony. This celebration has been passed down from generation to generation in the area. Compared with other regions in China, the festival is a lot busier since it is Qu’s hometown.

    The sacrifice ceremony is very special. It is usually held before the dragon boat race, aiming to “search for Qu’s lost soul.” Every boat in different colors will hang up a “soul searching” flag, and they will row slowly along the river led by a white dragon boat. An ancient “Soul Searching Song” will also be sung during the process.

    Other recommended places in the area include Three Gorges Dam and Shennongxi.

    Transport: Fly to Wuhan from Shenzhen airport and take a train to Zigui.

 

    Hongfeng Lake,

    Guizhou Province

    Located near Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province, Hongfeng (Red Maple) Lake is considered to be the pearl of the Guizhou Plateau, and is the most fascinating among the three lakes in Guizhou.

    It is the largest artificial lake on the Guizhou Plateau, covering an area of 57.2 square kilometers. There are many red maple trees on the surrounding mountain ranges.

    The lake area consists of four parts: the North Lake, the South Lake, the Rare Lake and the minority ethnic villages. The North Lake is the smallest and most famous one. It has various islands on it, such as Bird Island, Snake Island and Tortoise Island. Along the shore there is a historic complex of ancient tombs left by the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 25).

    Many ethnic groups also celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival with their styles and traditions.

    As most of their girls are engaged at a young age, families of men will bring a lot of gifts and zongzi (glutinous rice wrapped with leaves) to visit girls’ families. Different groups will also put on their traditional customs and hold dancing galas in the villages during the festival.

    Other recommended places in the area include Huangguoshu Waterfall.

    Transport: Fly to Guiyang from Shenzhen airport and take a coach to the lake.

    (Wang Yuanyuan)

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