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The Traditional Chinese Sports Enjoying Modern Revivals

Hovering bamboo discs, flying feathers, twisty harvest dance...Some of China’s traditional sports still enjoy a modern following, even internationally

On June 12, nine days after China’s Dragon Boat Festival (端午节), Boston’s Charles River will be filled by the sound of drums, as boats painted with dragon scales and mounted with dragon heads take to the water for a day of races.

This year will be the 43rd year of the Boston Dragon Boat Festival, which typically draws around 2,000 rowers from around the US, as well as local spectators who will enjoy festivities like Asian street food stalls and performances in Taiko, Angkor Dance, and Chinese Waist Drum.

The traditional sport of dragon boat racing now reaches far beyond China’s own shores. According to the International Federation of Dragon Boats, a governing body set up in 1991, this now globally renowned sport enjoys 50 million participants in China, 90,000 in US and Canada, and over 30,000 in Europe.

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author Siyi Chu (褚司怡)

Siyi is the Culture Editor at The World of Chinese. She writes about arts, culture, and society, and is ever-curious about the minds, hearts, and souls inside all of these spheres. Before joining TWOC, she was a freelance writer with some additional work experience in independent filmmaking and the field of education.

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