Where to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival in Beijing

We round up the best places to celebrate Duanwu Festival in the city

As you probably know by now, the reason for the very welcome three-day holiday every Spring (May 28-30 this year) is the annual Dragon Boat Festival (or Duanwu Festival). As always with Chinese holidays, there's a story of cultural significance behind the Dragon Boat Festival, and there's also the opportunity to have some good clean water-based fun.

Where to see Dragon Boat races


They might not be real dragons, but it doesn't make races any less fiery. Over 30 teams from across China will duke it out at the National Dragon Boat Invitational Race at Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park.

Golden Sail Water Sports Club (Houhai), home of the Beijing International Dragon boat Racing Team, will also host five days of races between Xicheng district government bureaus.

Most years, you can also spectate at Taoranting, Beihai or Jingshan parks. Details haven’t yet been confirmed, but past years have seen sports, artistic performances and more fleshing out the ubiquitous boat races.

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