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    ROWING BOATS IN THE SHAPE OF DRAGONS AND POWERED BY 50 CARSMEN, RACED ACROSS HONGKONG HARBOUR ON THURSDAY (19 JUNE).

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    DECORATED BOATS WHICH BROUGHT HOLIDAYMAKERS; DRAGON BOATS BEFORE THE RACE; WATER-BOAT; BRITISH NAVAL OFFICER LOADS SHELL INTO CANON AND FIRES -- START OF RACE; BOATS RACING; PACKED GRANDSTAND NEAR WHARF.




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    SPORT: DRAGON BOAT RACING

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    Background: ROWING BOATS IN THE SHAPE OF DRAGONS AND POWERED BY 50 CARSMEN, RACED ACROSS HONGKONG HARBOUR ON THURSDAY (19 JUNE). IT WAS THE ANNUAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.

    DOZENS OF GAILY-DECORATED FISHING JUNKS, SMALLER VESSELS AND SPECIAL TRAINS BROUGHT HOLIDAYMAKERS FROM OUTLYING AREAS TO HONGKONG HARBOUR FOR THE OCCASION. A TOTAL OF 63 ROWING TEAMS PARTICIPATED.

    THE FESTIVAL MARKS THE SUICIDE OF A CHINESE PATRIOT-POET, CHU YUEN, WHO DROWNED HIMSELF IN THE KWAT LO RIVER IN CHINA'S HUNAN PROVINCE IN 278 B.C. HE WAS THE VICTIM OF A COURT INTRIGUE.

    IN THE COLOURFUL, TRADITIONAL RACES, FOR WHICH PRIZES ARE AWARDED, EACH BOAT HAS A WOODEN DRAGON HEAD ATTACHED TO THE BOW AND IS ROWED BY A BODY OF CARSMEN TO THE ACCOMPANIMENT OF BEATING CHINESE DRUMS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7CDU2WSXSOZ61JWDIQK1YMIY4
    Media URN:
    VLVA7CDU2WSXSOZ61JWDIQK1YMIY4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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