Taipei, June 8, 2021.
The origins of the Dragon Boat Festival are linked to a historic event that took place over 2000 years ago – the death of the beloved Chinese poet Qu Yuan. The poet, as a step of despair from the political crisis which took place in his time, threw himself into the Milo River. Being a beloved man, the locals sailed in their boats back and forth looking for him. The custom has evolved over the years into what we know today as the Dragon Boat Race that takes place every year.
Dragon boat races take place on the Poloshi River of Lukang, with many teams competing in different categories: mixed social groups; International teams; Government teams; High school student teams and union teams.
The winner of the 300M Adrenaline Stock Racing is the team that comes first to the flag at the end of the allotment and holds it. Each team consists of at least 15 people including the flag bearer, one drummer to maintain the group’s unified rowing, one helmsman and 12 sailors.
Lukang, which in Chinese means “deer port”, is a city in Changhuwa province in western Taiwan, not far from Taichung city, which is connected to Taipei and Gauchiung by high-speed rail (HSR) trains. As one of the oldest cities in Taiwan, it was a major port in the 18th and 19th centuries, and until the early 20th century was the most populous city in central Taiwan.
The town of Lukang is also famous for its countless ancient temples which are a great place to get to know the Taiwanese folk religion up close. The best known temple is the temple of the sea goddess Madzou and attracts over a million worshipers every year.
While there has been a recent increase in the number of corona cases in Taiwan, and the island’s borders are now closed to foreign tourists, the Taiwanese government has been quick to implement procedures and rules to help minimize the spread of the corona virus. A number of local events, festivals and activities have recently been postponed or canceled, but with good management of the virus by the government, it is to be hoped that Taiwan’s borders will soon be open to Israeli tourists.
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The Taiwan Ministry of Tourism (TTB) is the official government office of Taiwan (ROC) in charge of the planning, development and marketing policy of Taiwan’s domestic and foreign tourism. The Israeli market is managed by the Singaporean branch of the Taiwanese Ministry of Tourism. The slogans that accompany Taiwanese marketing are “It’s time for Taiwan” and “Heart of Asia”, with Taiwan’s national bear being the main symbol.
Pictured above: Dragon Boat Racing takes place on the Poluki River of Lukang, with many teams competing in different categories: mixed social groups; International teams; Government teams; High school student teams and union teams.
Source: Changhuwa County Government
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