2, 000 men lift world’s longest dragon boat


Manpower: More than 2,000 men lifting the world’s longest wooden dragon canoe (below). — China Daily

TO celebrate upcoming the Dragon Boat (Duanwu) Festival, Miao people from Shibing county in southwest China’s Guizhou province have begun the annual dragon boat race.

On Tuesday, 2, 169 men lifted the longest dragon canoe in the world.

Decorated with paintings and engravings, the boat is 77m long, about 4m wide and 0.6m tall.

It won the Guinness World Record in 2016 as the longest wooden dragon canoe in the world.

Sponsored by public organisations in Shibing county, it was made by local craftsmen in 2016.

The boat can hold about 380 people and needs 180 rowers to run it.

For the Miao ethnic minority group in Guizhou, the aim behind dragon boat racing during the Duanwu Festival is to make a symbolic sacrifice to the dragon and wish for a peaceful year. — China Daily/ANN

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