• Short Summary

    Each year in a ceremony that dates back 22 centuries, the fishermen of Hong kong compete in the dragon boat race across the harbour.

  • Description

    Each year in a ceremony that dates back 22 centuries, the fishermen of Hong kong compete in the dragon boat race across the harbour. Their boats differ greatly from those of the Oxford and Cambridge crews. Mounted on the bow is a carved dragon's head.

    The race is to commemorate the suicide of Wat Yuen, who in his day was considered one of China's greatest scholars and statesmen. The story that has been handed down from father to son for centuries tells of the day he jumped into a river in the province of Hunan, because he thought the Emperor's Government was corrupt and the country headed for disaster.

    Wat Yuen's friends and followers went out in boats to search for his body, and from this the dragon boat race developed. In more recent years the race has become one of Hongkong's greatest tourist attractions.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4J8TR99VQSC2Y4GA04VD270IZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA4J8TR99VQSC2Y4GA04VD270IZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/06/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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