#54 Teaching at Taizhou Teachers College-Qintong Boating /Boat Gathering Festival

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April 24th 2007
Published: April 24th 2007
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Despite being in China for over a year, I had yet to experience one of the local festivals in my “home” region of Taizhou. Consequently I was very keen to attend the now internationally famous Qintong Boating Festival. The Qintong Boating Festival is held during Qingming Festival (around April 4-6) every year. The Qingming Festival (Clear and Bright Festival or Pure Brightness Festival) de... Read Full Entry

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Here Come the Gents!Here Come the Gents!
Here Come the Gents!

My "Wise Men" team. Lots of wonderful weather beaten faces on this boat!
All in a RowAll in a Row
All in a Row

Impressive sight!
Smiles All RoundSmiles All Round
Smiles All Round

After the opening ceremony we met up with our other colleagues who had different passes and so were in a different area to us. Obviously the children had enjoyed themselves. The "green" laurels are made form a local tree and are part of local custom.
Smiles from the Local ConstabularySmiles from the Local Constabulary
Smiles from the Local Constabulary

Rare to see people in an official capacity sharing a smile!
Stef at QintongStef at Qintong
Stef at Qintong

The crowd shuffles away. I'm surprised more people didn't stay for some of the races later on. I would have, given the chance.
Stef, I and Local KidsStef, I and Local Kids
Stef, I and Local Kids

It took some time for Mr Han to pick up the college van and get back to us. Here we are filling in time with the children of our primary school colleagues and Mr Han's daughter (between Stef and I)

23rd June 2007

Once again, you've written an interesting story. Wish you could come to P. Vallarta. We left La Paz yesterday...Mexico was beautiful. Of course, you are seeing beauty daily in China.

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