Why is it called dragon boat racing?
In the state of Yue, King Gou Jian regularly trained his navy using boat races. It was during the Han Dynasty that dragon boat racing became a sport. The boats were long and narrow, with prows painted like a dragon’s head. Noisy gongs and drums set the pace for the rowers.
Where is dragon boat racing most popular?
An Popular Sport Event Today
In addition to Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, this sport is also popular in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Singapore. Some dragon boat races aren’t held around the Dragon Boat Festival.
Is dragon boat racing rowing?
It’s Not Rowing, It’s Dragon Boat (There’s A Difference)
Unlike rowing, where you sit facing the back of the boat and pull an oar to move forward, in dragon boat paddling you face forward, with one or two paddlers on each hard wooden seat (some people sit on little cushions).