DirectRooms.com – Add the Duanwu (Dragon Boat) Festival on 16 June 2010 to Your Holiday

May 09, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports News
DirectRooms.com is delighted to announce that the Duanwu (Dragon Boat) Festival will be held in the Chinese city of Guangzhou on the 16th June, 2010. This is a unique celebration of Chinese culture and one of the oldest traditions in the country, but it is also celebrated in other countries in Asia.

The Duanwu Festival's origins are largely unknown, but it is widely considered to be based on the death of Qu Yuan, statesman of the Chu Kingdom, in 278 BC, who committed suicide by drowning in the Miluo River.

Brightly painted dragon boats, much like traditional rowing boats, take part in a race on the river an event that sees huge crowds line the river banks, cheering on their team while waving flags and beating drums. This event has proved to be extremely popular in other countries and dragon boat races now take place in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

The dragon boat race is just one of the events set out at this festival, and there are plenty of other performances and entertainment on offer. It is easy to see how a celebration like this will attract a wide variety of visitors to Guangzhou in June.

Lek Boonlert, Head of Marketing at DirectRooms.com, commented that, "This festival will undoubtedly see an increased demand for Guangzhou accommodation." For those looking for hotels Guangzhou will certainly provide plenty of choice to suit any requirements, but booking your accommodation early for events like the Duanwu Festival will be highly recommended.

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