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Macao International Dragon Boat Races

English: Macao International Dragon Boat Races, Portuguese: Regatas Internacionais de Barcos-Dragão de Macau, Traditional: 澳娛綜合澳門國際龍舟賽, Simplified: 澳娱综合澳门国际龙舟赛

The Macao International Dragon Boat Races are among Macau’s top water sports events.

The festival takes place on the 5th day of the 5th month in the Chinese calendar, originally established to honour Qu Yuan, a renowned ancient Chinese poet.

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Qu Yuan was a patriot who drowned himself in an act of protest against corruption. Today, the event has amassed international recognition in dragon boat racing, drawing thousands of participants worldwide.

Both foreign and local teams are divided into male and female categories as they race to win the prestigious medals. The event’s vibrancy is almost palpable in the air – truly an outdoor sporting event that one must not miss!

It’s breathtaking to say the least, getting to watch the Macao International Dragon Boat Races. It occurs at the Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre, a premier outdoor venue founded to host international water sports events and other competitions. Because of this, it’s equipped with several world-class onshore facilities.

Visitors are treated to the dazzling sight of Floating Wonder, a permanent installation that is 30 meters long. It makes the waters light up in bright colours each night, making this a lovely spot for evening walks.

Aside from the thrilling races, spectators can also look forward to many activities. Be sure to come hungry to try zongzi, a traditional Macanese snack filled with delicious pork, salted egg yolk, and beans. There will be many other festive foods from both East and West on offer.

During this festival, three days of competition fun, outdoor parties, and awarding ceremonies await you.

Don’t miss the Macao International Dragon Boat Races!

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