Craftsman keeps dragon boat afloat

By JIANG KEQING | China Daily | Updated: 2021-06-12 08:44
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Chen Bingshou decorates a dragon head at the Intangible Cultural Heritage Center in Daoxian county, Hunan province, in May. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The dragon boat races are the highlight of China's annual Dragon Boat Festival. The event was celebrated as a traditional folk activity in Daoxian county, Yongzhou, Hunan province, as early as the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

The tradition of dragon boat racing in Daoxian, which was also known as Daozhou during ancient times, was listed as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage in June.

To better protect the tradition and ensure it remains alive, Daoxian's Intangible Cultural Heritage Center invited Chen Bingshou, an officially-designated inheritor of the craft of making dragon boats, to repair old dragon heads used to decorate the boats.

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