• Short Summary

    ON THE FIFTH DAY OF FIFTH MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE CHINESE CALENDAR, HONG KONG HARBOUR GOES GAY EVERY YEAR.

  • Description

    1.
    L.S. PAN SHOT OF HONG KONG AND KOWLOON HARBOUR.


    2.
    M.S. CROWD ON RACING JETTY.


    3.
    C.U. CROWD OF CHINESE - BOAT AND CREW.


    4.
    CHINESE FURIOUSLY PADDLING END OF RACES.


    5.
    C.U. CANOES.


    6.
    M.S. CHINESE PADDLERS IN RACES.


    7.
    M.S. CHINESE WOMAN WATCHING RACES.


    8.
    M.S. CROWD.


    9.
    M.S. BOY ON-LOOKER.


    10.
    C.U. EUROPEAN COMPETITORS AWAITING START OF RACES.


    11.
    C.U. EUROPEAN COMPETITIONS PADDLING.


    12.
    MLS. EUROPEAN PADDLERS AFTER RACES.


    13.
    L.S. CONTESTANTS IN RACES.


    14.
    L.S. CROWDS ON FISHING VESSELS.


    15.
    L.S. RACES - 5 CANOES RACING.


    16.
    CROWDS IN CANCES WAVING.


    17.
    L.S. CHINESE ON-LOOKERS IN FISHING BOATS.


    18.
    FISHING LINE.


    19.
    PRESENTATION OF WINNING FLAG BY GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG.


    20.
    C.U. CHINESE COMPETITORS WITH CLUB BADGE ON BACKS.


    21.
    C.U. CHINESE WOMAN FISHING FOLK.


    22.
    C.U. CHINESE WOMAN SHOWING HAIR STYLE.


    23.
    C.U. CHINESE BOY ON-LOOKER.




    Initials


    SPORT: BOAT RACING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ON THE FIFTH DAY OF FIFTH MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE CHINESE CALENDAR, HONG KONG HARBOUR GOES GAY EVERY YEAR. AMIDST GRAYISH HUGE OCEAN LINERS APPEAR SLENDER CHINESE DRAGON BOATS MANNED BY MUSCLE POWER OF SKILLFUL BOATMEN.

    THE OCCASION IS DRAGON BOAT RACING. IT IS TO CELEBRATE THE MEMORY OF GREAT SCHOLAR STATESMAN OF CHINA WAT YUEN WHO LIVED 22 CENTURIES AGO, AND COMMITTED SUICIDE BY JUMPING INTO A RIVER RATHER THAN SEE HIS EMPEROR, AND THE EMPIRE END IN DISASTER BECAUSE OF COURT INTRIGUES AND CORRUPTION.

    THE HONG KONG BOAT RACE THIS YEAR, AS IT HAS FOR CENTURIES, SYMBOLISES THE EFFORTS OF PEOPLE WHO SENT OUT SEARCH BOATS TO FIND THE BODY OF WAT YUEN.

    THE BOAT RACE IS NOW NOT CONFINED ONLY TO THE CHINESE. EUROPEANS RIGGED OUT A BOAT OF THEIR OWN TO ENTER THE RACE.

    MOST OF THEM WERE FROM THE POLICE AND MILITARY FORCES STATIONED IN HONG KONG.

    FIVE TEAMS WITH 48 CREW MEMBERS ENTERED THE RACE THIS YEAR IN TWO EVENTS AND A FINAL RACE.

    IN THE HARBOUR, JUNKS, FERRY BOATS, AND SHIPS LIMED THE COURSE TO CHEER THE BOATMEN THROUGH THEIR 400 YARD COURSE.

    AT THE FINISHING LINE WAS THE JETTY ERECTED ON BAMBOO POLLS, GAY WITH BUNTINGS AND FLAGS AND PACKED WITH SPECTATORS, AMONG WHOM WAS THE GOVERNOR OF THE COLONY, AIR ROBERT BLACK WHO GAVE THE WINNING CHINESE TEAM A FLAG FOR THEIR BOAT.

    A MOURNFUL SEARCH FOR THE BODY OF A PATRIOT, HAS THROUGH CENTURIES, BECOME ONE OF THE GAYEST OCCASIONS FOR HONG KONG CHINESE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEIP3PCRD2F4D92LGVTZRSPORP
    Media URN:
    VLVAEIP3PCRD2F4D92LGVTZRSPORP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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