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Dragon Boat

Lantau Island, Hong Kong view map

Dragon Boat is originated in China more than 2,500 years ago.
In Chinese tradition, dragon boat racing celebrates the summer rice harvest
and serves as a memorial ceremony of a suicidal drowning folk hero, Qu Yuan.
Qu Yuan committed suicide in 221 BC as a form of protest against the corruption of the era.

Upon learning of Qu Yuan's suicide, people rushed their fishing boats
to the middle of the river and tried to save him.
They beat drums and splashed the water with their paddles
in order to keep fish away from Qu Yuan's body.

Nowadays the dragon boat racing has become an international sport in Hong Kong.
This very narrow shaped wooden boat is powered by around 20 crew members with paddles.

Posted on 17 December 2008
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Guy Dube15-Aug-2011 00:16
A very nice shot CM, nice perspective! V
BleuEvanescence04-Oct-2010 14:38
Ahhhhh, i love that story!
Now, i will never look at a Dragon Boat race...the same way.
I know more!
Thank You for sharing the story, i really appreciate
the image too ;)))
zyziza21-Nov-2009 10:25
Extra angle! v
Marco Valk05-Apr-2009 16:44
wow! very cool; great perspective . gmv
Thomas05-Apr-2009 16:43
Fantastic and original wide angle shot.
Guest 01-Jan-2009 21:22
Brilliant composition! A spectacular shot.
Chris Spracklen31-Dec-2008 14:11
A superb composition that gives the image great depth, CM.
Sharp, colourful and a pleasure to view, my friend. (V)
Best regards, Chris
2004 21-Dec-2008 11:03
Big dragon boat head !
TuTmin20-Dec-2008 08:24
Interesting capture.nice compo.V~
Jay Levin19-Dec-2008 01:50
Fascinating capture of this very colorful dragon, CM. Vote
Guest 18-Dec-2008 23:34
Fabulous shot
Alex Foong18-Dec-2008 15:33
Excellence wide angle and depth. My eyes are drawn to the vivid coloured dragon head. ~V~
Guest 18-Dec-2008 12:05
Excellent perspective and composition with a very interesting narrative, CM!
meekam tam18-Dec-2008 11:33
Hi CM, A very nice picture ! The big head of the dragon draws all the attention. The description of the dragon boat is very vivid and precise too. V
Char18-Dec-2008 03:36
Hi CM,
A wonderful detailed capture of this interesting and unusual boat. What an interesting story. \/
Walter Otto Koenig17-Dec-2008 21:06
Excellent point of view of this beautiful boat. Well composed too. "V"
Sandi Whitteker17-Dec-2008 19:47
Fabulous long, long, long perspective CM! Beautiful capture.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography17-Dec-2008 19:40
Very nice capture, beautiful dragon, V.
Fong Lam17-Dec-2008 19:01
Excellent use of wide-angle to produce this dramatic shot, Kwan.
Beautiful colors and sharpness!! V
bill friedlander17-Dec-2008 18:34
Great POV showing the head as well as the interior of the boat. V
Marcia Colelli17-Dec-2008 17:23
wonderful perspective, detail and composition V
Steve Morris17-Dec-2008 17:09
Great wide angle work CM - the dragon's face almost pops out of the screen!! Really enjoyed taking part in charity event dragon boat race 2 years ago!!BV
an nguyen17-Dec-2008 15:15
Peter Stahl17-Dec-2008 14:38
A n excellent composition and great info! GMV.
hugo poon17-Dec-2008 13:51
What a strong subject and powerful composition! Great shot CM!:-)