Skip to Content Facebook Feature Image

Hong Kong dragon boat races draw crowds, showcase cultural tradition

China

China

China

Hong Kong dragon boat races draw crowds, showcase cultural tradition

2024-06-17 15:16 Last Updated At:15:57

The 2024 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races concluded on Sunday, capped by a thrilling final race that determined the champion.

Over the course of two days, Victoria Harbor witnessed a spectacular display of athleticism as more than 4,000 athletes from over 170 teams representing 12 countries and regions fiercely competed in the ancient sport of dragon boating.

Preliminary estimates indicate that over 130,000 local residents and tourists gathered to cheer on the competitors, creating a vibrant atmosphere along the harbor.

This year's competition featured a special highlight — "Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China Cup." The competition was contested on the second day, exclusively featuring teams that achieved notable results on the first day.

The championship was claimed by the Shunde Dragon Boat Team. The second and third places were secured by teams from Thailand and Taiwan island respectively.

"Our team has participated in international competitions before, but this one is particularly special. It marks our motherland's 75th birthday. Representing our country fills me with immense pride," said Luo Xuan, a member of the Shunde Dragon Boat Team.

"Many international dragon boat athletes have come to Victoria Harbour to compete. It's such a beautiful setting, and as a resident of Hong Kong, I'm thrilled and delighted. I hope to spread Chinese traditional culture, especially the culture of dragon boating, to the world," said a local resident.

Hong Kong dragon boat races draw crowds, showcase cultural tradition

Hong Kong dragon boat races draw crowds, showcase cultural tradition

Next Article

Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

2024-07-14 11:30 Last Updated At:12:07

The torrential rain that started to fall on Friday in central China's Hubei Province has left 754 reservoirs in the region exceeding flood storage capacities.

Due to increased discharge from the Three Gorges Reservoir and recent heavy rainfall, water levels in the Hubei section of the Yangtze River and in smaller rivers within the province are expected to rise in the coming days.

Multiple areas in Hubei, including Wuhan, Yichang, Jingmen, Xiaogan, and 11 other cities and prefectures, have also experienced heavy rainfall since Friday.

The heavy rainfall caused waterlogging in a low-lying residential area in Xiaogan City on Saturday, trapping several residents in their homes. Rescue personnel then used rescue boats to evacuate the flood-stranded residents to safety.

In Wuhan City, heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds caused multiple power line failures across the city. After nearly two hours of emergency repairs, power supply has been fully restored.

The heavy rainfall also caused the water level of Maojiahe Reservoir in Xingshan County, Yichang City, to rise rapidly. Considering the possibility of continued heavy rainfall, the reservoir started to discharge floodwater at 13:00 Saturday.

"We've quickly organized personnel to initiate emergency plans, notify every household, set up roadblocks on major transportation routes, and prohibit people and vehicles from entering the areas of flood discharge channels," said Cai Bishou, head of Pingshui Village, Gufu Town, Yichang City's Xingshan County.

Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

Recommended Articles