沥桂82支龙舟队伍争“龙王”！周末去看沥桂龙舟赛 Dragon boat race in Foshan
2019-05-24 Source：Foshan China
82 teams signed up
to fight for "King of Dragon Boat" and bonuses!
On May 25th (this Saturday), 2019 “Dali-Guicheng Integration & Beautiful Homeland” Dragon Boat Race will be held at the Nanhai Fitness Sports Park.
A total of 82 teams from Dali, Guicheng and Lishui will participate in the competition for the “Dragon Boat King in Dali- Guicheng area”. The event is the highlight of the Dragon Boat Festival folk activities in Nanhai, which has been held for eight times.
Who will win the dragon boat race?
The race this year is conducted in the form of each standard dragon boat with 23 men. For teams participating in this race, they will have a 300-meter round-trip racing. Each round-trip ends with successful flag-raising, which not only requires the participants to have a fast linear speed, but also tests their physical strength and strategy, as well as the teamwork and tacit cooperation of the teams.
This year's event will be divided into two stages, namely preliminaries and finals. The race will use the timing method to calculate the scores. The players who are faster will be ranked first. The top 16 teams in the preliminaries will compete for the "King of Dragon Boat" and rich prizes!
This activity has been held for 8 sessions so far, attracting tens of thousands of people from Guangzhou and Foshan to participate and watch each year, which is popular among Guangfo citizens. In 2012, the number of teams participating in the first race was 55 while the quantity of teams this year reached 82.
In the beginning, the competition was only participated by Dali and Guicheng. And later on, Lishui Town also join the race, which has deepened the cultural exchange and integration of the eastern part of Nanhai. Its scale, number of participants and influence has been constantly expanded, and it has become a well-known cultural activity brand in Nanhai.
How to watch the dragon boat race
Competition time: May 25, 2019 (this Saturday) 9:00-17:00
Venue: Nanhai Fitness Sports Park
Bus: You can take the Guangfo Bus Line 9 and the Guangfo Bus Line 12 to get off at Nanhai Fitness Sports Park.
Self-driving: Navigate to “Nanhai Fitness Sports Park”
Caution: The on-site parking spaces are limited. Please use public transport as much as possible. For those who drive, please follow the instructions of the on-site staff and stop by the chapter; please prepare for sun protection and rain protection.
Learn more about dragon boat culture
In May and June, a number of “Color Dragons” that emerge in the watery network of Foshan bring people a colorful visual feast, which is the dragon boat race in Foshan. Foshan Dragon Boat has more than 500 years of history, bearing rich history of traditional culture.
1、起龙“Waking up” the dragon boat
Dragon boat race is one of the necessary programs for Dragon Boat Festival in Foshan every year. Before the dragon boat race, there is also a ceremony of “waking up” the dragon boat. The dragon boat buried under the river silt is dug up, scrubbed, lacquered, and dressed up for use.
2、游龙 Dragon boat parade
The dragon boat parade is also called “Chen Jing” (gathering and cruising around) and “Bai Jing” (making postures) . The decorated dragon boat roaming in the river is only to help create an active atmosphere, without any race speed.
3、斗龙 Dragon boat race
The dragon boat race is also called "dragon boat fighting" . On the day of the dragon boat race, the first thing is to “invite the dragon boat head”. People will beat the gongs and drums, and "invite" the dragon boat head that is usually placed in the ancestral hall to the river, insert it into the dragon boat, and hang a string of Clausena lansium leaves (which is believed to drive out evil spirits) on top of the head. The dragon boat will be full of colorful umbrellas and flags.
In Foshan, the most spectacular dragon boat race is the Diejiao dragon boat drifting in Guicheng.