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Where to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival in Wuxi

Updated: Jun 21, 2023 Print
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File photo: A dragon boat race at Yuantouzhu scenic area. [Photo/WeChat account: wuxishilvyouju]

Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival, is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, which falls on June 22 this year.

The festival was created to commemorate Qu Yuan, a famous poet and politician during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC). Chinese people usually organize dragon boat races, eat zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), hang Chinese mugwort and calamus, and wear five-color ropes and sachets to celebrate the festival.

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File photo: A girl weave a five-color rope. [Photo/WeChat account: wuxishilvyouju]

Over the next three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday, tourist attractions in Wuxi, East China's Jiangsu province, will arrange various activities in celebration.

Visitors and local residents can visit Yuantouzhu scenic area in Binhu district and Yuecheng town in Jiangyin to witness a dragon boat race on June 22.

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Lotuses burst into flowers at Wuxi Studios. [Photo/WeChat account: wuxishilvyouju]

They can also go to Lingshan Mountain scenic area to make sachets, weave five-color ropes, or watch a praying ceremony. At Nianhua Bay scenic area, a visual feast created by thousands of flying Kongming lanterns will be offered to visitors.

In addition to festival-related recreational activities, local residents can also visit Yuantouzhu scenic area, Wuxi Studio, and Liyuan Garden for blooming lotus flowers or the Wuxi Museum and Grand Canal Art Park for exhibitions.

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