Dragon Boat Festival celebrated across China (3)

13:13, June 04, 2011      

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Photo taken on June 3, 2011 shows a dragon boat at the opening ceremony of a dragon boat competition in north China's Tianjin Municipality, June 3, 2011. It is an agelong tradition for the Chinese people to run dragon boat races during the holidays of the Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu in Chinese, to pay homage to legendary poet and patriot Qu Yuan of Chu State living during China's Warring States Period (475 B.C.- 221 B.C.), who drowned himself to protest his fatuous king. Duanwu Festival falls on June 6 this year. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

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