Dragon Boat Race is one of the traditional customs for the south people of China on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of Chinese calendar. Chinese call this day as Duan-Wu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival). Although Chengdu is in the north of Yangtze River, it is also the ground of water country. Xinjin County, located in the southern part of Chengdu, with a big river called Nanhe River, has an excellent geographical condition for dragon boat racing, so dragon boat race has a very long history.
Dragon boat race is the most popular activity in Dragon Boat Festival. It is held to commemorate the death of Qu Yuan (340 BC-278 BC or 343-290 B.C.), the earliest great patriotic poet, who lives during the Warring States Period of ancient China. Qu Yaun committed suicide by jumping into the river on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. The locals paddled out on boats to scare the fish away and retrieve Qu Yuan's body, which marked the origin of the dragon boat race.
On the specified day, many traditional customs and activities are held by the Chinese people. Besides dragon boat race, activities also include the exhibition of the mould of the dragon boats, the travelling at night by colorful boats, eating Zongzi, wearing a perfume pouch, tying five-color silk thread and hanging mugwort leaves and calamus
How to get there: Xinjin is in the west of Sichuan, 28 kilometers away from Chengdu City. You can take bus from Chengdu Chengbei Bus Station(成都城北客运中心汽车) to Xinjin County. These buses run from 6:30 to 17:30 every day, the ticket fare is 10 Yuan per person.