2013 Lukang Dragon Boat Festival
Event: 2013 Lukang Dragon Boat Festival
Place: Lukang Township
Time: 2013/5/11 – 6/12
On the day of the Dragon Boat Festival, the dragon boat competitions bring joys and energies to the small historical town- Lukang. The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the major festivals celebrated in Taiwan, kicks off every year 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 Festival was originated as a ritual to worship Chinese Arethusa and later turned out to be a commemoration of Qu Yuan (a famous patriotic poet in Chinese history). Qu Yuan threw himself into the Miluo River to demonstrate loyalty and his political beliefs to the king. After Qu Yuan’s death, people wrapped rice ball inside bamboo’s leaves to throw into the river for keeping the fish and shrimps from eating Qu Yuan’s body. This is the origin of the rice dumpling (Zhongzih) and dragon boat race that pass down till recent. Now, dragon boat race has become an inevitable folk custom in Dragon Boat Festival.
Lukang is one of the oldest cities in Taiwan where retains its original structure as it was decades ago, and it has engaged to co-hosted several folk cultural events in order to exalted local customs and traditions. 2013 Lukang Dragon Boat Festival includes dragon boat race and series activities combined with Chang County industries, arts, culture, folklore, heritage, and sightseeing. Dragon boat competition objects to advocate Chinese traditional culture, promote folk sports, and foster international exchange and friendship. In a dragon boat race, competitors in each team sail unanimously and cooperatively towards the finish line. The one who catch the flag in the final is victorious. So exciting and fierce the Dragon Boat Races are that a lot of people are fascinated with it. Alongside the riverbank crowded with tens of thousands of spectators to cheer for the team they support.
The festival begin on May 11th with opening ceremony by using brush and ink to place a dot on each eye of the dragon. Furthermore, a carnival and many fun activities will also be hold from 2013/5/11-6/12, such as a Lukang local snack feast on 6/1 at Longshan Temple, souvenir sale on 6/2 & 6/8-6/11, nostalgic Lukang and cultural exhibitions, calligraphy performances, the memorial ceremony for Lu Ban, and activities in museums. Also, there will be complimentary shuttles with tour guides to introduce the charms of Lukang. Come and join this thrilling and fun-filled festival!
Natural Way Six Arts Cultural Center (Photo by Eva P.)
Lukang is just 40 minutes drive away to Taichung, where offers you a wide selection of specials and diverse leisure spots including Natural Way Six Arts Cultural Center, National Museum of Natural Science, Parkway of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Stock 20 Art Gallery, and Jingming 1st Street, providing an oasis for unwinding among the bustling metropolitan. There are buses run every 20 minutes between Lukang to Taichung. After experiencing the exciting event in Lukang, Taichung is another popular destination worth a visit for your Central Taiwan travel.
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How to go to Lukang:
1. Take HSR to Taichung HSR Station -> Chunghua Bus -> Lukang
2. Take HSR to Taichung HSR Station -> Taiwan Tourist Shuttle -> Lukang
For more Taiwan Bus Shuttle information, please visit http://www.taiwantrip.com.tw/Besttour/Info/?id=34
Take train to Chunghua Train Station or Taichung Train Station -> Transfer to Chunghua Bus -> Lukang
Take U-bus from Taipei Main Station directly to Lukang
By Bus from Taichung:
Zhonglu Bus departs at Taichung Train Station, stopping at several stops along Taiwan Boulevard (Zhonggang Road) ->Lukang