2013 Kaohsiung Dragon Boat Races

The event has ended this year.
Kaohsiung has planned two fun dragon boat festival celebrations: Kaohsiung International Dragon Boat Race & 2013 Kaohsiung International Dragon Boat Race at Zhongyun Fishing Port and Love River for you to enjoy a memorable Taiwan travel.
May 16, 2013 -- Updated 15:25 share on twitter share on facebook share on plurk share on Weibo
Dragon boat race in Taiwan (photo: Chiang)

Dragon boat race in Taiwan (photo: Chiang)

Event 1: 2013 Kaohsiung Zhongyun Fishing Port Traditional Dragon Boat Race
Date: 2013/06/08-2013/06/10
Location: Zhongyun Fishing Port

Event 2: 2013 Kaohsiung International Dragon Boat Race
Date: 2013/06/09-2013/06/12
Location: Love River (in between Zhongzhen Bridge & Kaohsiung Bridge)

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the major festivals celebrated in Taiwan, which is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. This year, the 2013 Dragon Boat Festival falls on a Wednesday, 12th of June, 2013.

Dragon Boat Race in Taiwan (photo: Eva P.)

Dragon Boat Race in Taiwan (photo: Eva P.)

The day of the Dragon Boat Festival is the day when dragon boat races are held on the rivers and lakes. Also, there are many other traditions, rituals and special foods for this particular festival. There are a number of traditions that Taiwanese follow during the day of the festival, including eating glutinous rice dumplings (Zhongzih), hanging calamus and moxa on the front door, drinking concoctions, hanging portraits of Zhong Kuei, children carrying fragrant sachets, as well as trying to stand an egg at 12:00 noon.

The Dragon Boat Festival is highlighted by the dragon boat races, which was originally meant to rescue Qu Yuan - the patriotic poet of Zhou Dynasty. Today, dragon boat races have transformed to a celebration held in many Taiwan cities include Taipei, Yilan, Lukang, Kaohsiung and more.

Love River

Love River

This year 2013, Kaohsiung has planned two dragon boat races: 2013 Kaohsiung International Dragon Boat Race & 2013 Kaohsiung International Dragon Boat Race to make the Dragon Boat Festival celebrations more fanfare. 2013 Kaohsiung International Dragon Boat Race, to be held from 2013/06/08-2013/06/10 at Zhongyun Fishing Port, will ensure visitors a distinctive travel experience seeing the local life of fishermen and fishmongers, while 2013 Kaohsiung International Dragon Boat Race, to be held at Love River in between Zhongzhen Bridge & Kaohsiung Bridge section from 2013/06/09-2013/06/12, is designed into day and evening races that will be competed by 21 groups for the highest prize of TWD 80,000, where visitors may cheer for their favourite teams at the beautiful Love River.

Book your Kaohsiung accommodations today and get ready to have some fun in Kaohsiung for your Taiwan travel!

How to go to Love River:
By KMRT:
1. Take Kaohsiung MRT Orange Line to KMRT Kaohsiung City Council Station -> Zhongzhen 4th Road -> Love Rive
2. Take Kaohsiung MRT Orange Line to KMRT Yanchengpu Station -> Zhongzhen Bridge -> Hexi Road

How to go to Zhongyun Fishing Port:
Driving directions:
No. 1 National Highway (Zhongshan Highway) -> Wujia Interchange -> 88 Expressway -> Taiwan Provincial Highway 25 -> turn right to Fenglin 2nd Road -> Fenglin Highway -> Zhongyun 3rd Road -> turn right at Yugang Road