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Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Jie) in Beijing

One of the historically interesting cities of the country, Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and a major tourist attraction. The city is a home to large number of fairs and festivals and therefore visited by large number of tourists every year. Spring festival, lantern festival, dragon boat festival etc. are some of the famous festivals celebrated in Beijing. AsiaRooms offers to give you online information on Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Jie), Beijing, China.

Falling on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, Dragon Boat Festival (Dunwan Jie), Beijing is one of the major festivals that is celebrated to commemorate the fate of an ancient Chinese poet Quyuan.

According to the legend, being the confidant of emperor, Quyuan was hated by many court officials and was therefore eventually exiled. Depressed by the country's downfall during the Chu state, Quyuan committed suicide by jumping into the Milou River. People of the state were so shocked that to save the body from being damaged by the fish, they threw Zongzi or rice wrapped in bamboo leaves.

The festival is marked by the interesting boat race and is attended by large number of people from all over the country. Watching the spectators cheer the participants from both sides of the river is a pleasant site. Besides, the atmosphere of the event is made more joyous by beating of drums and the furling of colorful flags all over the place.

Dragon Boat Festival, Beijing is also known as the Duanwu Jie festival and is one of the most popular festivals of Beijing. It is a customary to eat Zongzi stuffed with dates, beans, paste, eggs or meat during the Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Jie), Beijing, China. The Dragon Boat race is nowadays also a major sport of China.

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