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Dragon Boat, Stanley Hong Kong, Results June 8

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Thousands of local residents and visitors swarmed the Stanley Beach on the southern tip of the Hong Kong Island on Sunday for a glimpse of a fancy dragon boat race, a popular celebration for the Tuen Ng Festival. <br />
More than 230 teams comprising a total of 4,000 paddlers, including both Chinese and foreigners, were competing in the Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships. Organizers said it was a record turnout for the event with a history of 41 years. <br />
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&quot;We have worked especially hard this year to improve the event for both paddlers and spectators. It's great to see so many people taking part,&quot; said Alson Wong, chairman of the Stanley Residents Association, which has been organizing the event for decades. <br />
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Tuen Ng Festival, alternatively known as Dragon boat Festival for one of the major traditional celebrations on the day, is widely celebrated in China, including the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as well as in some Asian countries. <br />
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The festival, mostly recognized as commemorating ancient Chinese poet Qu Yuan falls on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese calendar, which is June 8 this year. Traditional celebrations include preparing and eating &quot;zongzi&quot;, a pyramid- shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves, and racing dragon boats <br />
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Many of the local residents in Hong Kong hurried to different waterfront places to see dragon boat races on Sunday, just one day after record rainstorms in the city. <br />
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Some of the paddlers, spectators and cheerleaders on Stanley Beach put on fancy clothes as they enjoyed the carnival on the cloudy summer day with sunny intervals, while others were obviously prepared for splashes of water in swimsuits or easy-to- dries. Vendor

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