Dragon Boat Races - Darling Harbour

  • Sat Feb 28 - Sun Mar 01 2015
  • Preschoolers
  • $0.00

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Dragon Boat Races kick off a weekend of exciting events for the Chinese New Year Festival at Darling Harbour from Feb 28-March 1.

The mythical dragon commands the wind, the mist and the rain, surging through the skies and the seas.

For more than 2,000 years, Dragon Boat racing has had a special place in Chinese culture, with 12-metre long boats battling it out to the pounding of drums. The first races were held to commemorate Qu Yuan, the great warrior poet, who drowned himself in a river as a protest against political corruption. Today, the race represents patriotism and group integrity.

Get up close to all the action on the 90 metre viewing pontoon as these spectacular boats race through the waters, each with a carved dragon head and tail, a hull painted with dragon scales, and paddles to represent the claws.





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