——Opening Ceremony of the 4th China• Dongping International Dragon Boat Race
The 4th China·Dongping International Dragon Boat Race and the 3rd Dongping Mass Fitness Sports Meeting Dragon Boat Race Site
Message of city channel, China Economic Net about Dongping on September 6 (reported by Zhang Yanhong & Yang Haiqiang): in the morning of September 4, “Luqi·Fudidongjun Cup”—the 4th China·Dongping international dragon boat race and the 3rd mass fitness sports meeting dragon boat race held a grand opening ceremony on a vast expanse of water with deafening sound of drums and gongs. In the September when fishermen celebrate the harvest, Dongping Lake saw domestic and overseas dragon boat race athletes sailing on the water.
Dongping has held four dragon boat races since 2009. It has 29 teams to participate in the contest this year. Race programs include open group dragon boat 200m and 500m straightway sprint for 12 people. The race is in the form of preliminary, semifinal and final.
After the intense contest, Shanglaozhuang Town Team of Dongping County won the champion of open group 500m, Malaysia Team ranked second and Singapore Team was the third. In open group 200m race, Malaysia team won first, Shanglaozhuang Town Team second and Singapore the third.
In Dongping, the Water Margin spirit is inherited till today along the history line leaving the manly heroic spirit in local people’s character. It reflects the important position of Dongping Lake in history and carries the plain of dragon boat and local common people around Dongping Lake. Nowadays, dragon boats are competing at the foot of Liugong Mountain on Dongping Lake and the figures of heroes are shown vividly.