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