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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Eye Dotting Ceremony

Eye Dotting Ceremony

Date:
Saturday 28 February
Time:
9am

Come and be part of a unique Taoist ceremony that blesses the waters to ensure a safe weekend of racing, and awakens the dragon by dabbing red paint onto the eyes of each boat’s figurehead

Check out the 2014 Dragon Boat Races

Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races

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