Saturday, June 04, 2011

Dragon Boat Festival Shanghai

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Shanghai's Dragon Boat Festival (Duānwǔ Jié) occurs in May or June each year (the fifth day of the fifth lunar month).

Dragon Boat Festivals take place throughout China including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The origins of the festival are obscure but legend has it that following the suicide by drowning of poet Qu Yuan in ancient China, people threw rice into the river to prevent the fish from eating his body and people paddled out in boats to retrieve the corpse.

The festival is associated with the eating of zongzi rice dumplings, which harks back to the rice thrown into the water to distract the fish keen to eat Qu Yuan.

The Whampoa Club in Shanghai will be offering rice dumplings to celebrate this year's Dragon Boat Festival. Available for pick up at RMB 188 per box.

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