Taipei's Dragon Boat Festival remains a popular activity among tourists visiting the area for the first time, commemorating patriotic poet Qu Yuan.
- When? 5th day of the 5th lunar month - in 2017 this is the 30th of May.
- Where? Taipei City, Taiwan
- Price: Free
A fleet of racing water dragons might be something you'd only expect to see after necking a good quantity of strong Taiwanese beer. Don't worry, you're not hallucinating - chances are you're witnessing Taipei's annual Dragon Boat Festival, a fiercely contested traditional competition which draws in hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators every year.
Celebrated as part of an ancient tradition, the festival remains a popular activity among both locals and tourists visiting the area for the first time, all to commemorate patriotic poet Qu Yuan. According to legend, Qu Yuan served as a minister to the Zhou Emperor, fighting against corrupt city officials for the good of the nation. Taking place on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, the occasion is marked by a series of exciting Dragon Boat races in the heart of Taipei. Rice dumplings (Zhongzi) are on the menu and the city's children are seen dressed in 'fragrant sachets' as spectators gather to take in the atmosphere. Dragon boats may vary in size and appearance, but all of the contender’s ships are decorated in vibrant colours and materials, so don't forget the camera.
If you're looking to soak up some Taiwanese culture (and we don't mean a glass of home brew) then Taipei's Dragon Boat festival is a great way to immerse yourself in local culture. Just don't try and attempt to race after sinking a few pints. #nochancemate
- Get there: Fly into Taipei and use public transport to get around.
- Stay: Find somewhere to stay near the river in Taipei's Wanhua District.
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