hroughout the world, with a history of more than 2,000 years. In 2006, the traditional festival was listed as part of China’s
national intangible cultural heritage. In 2008, it was recognized as a public holiday in the Chinese mainland.
The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chu state
official and poet who lived during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) before the reu
nification of China under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). He was exiled after opposing his king’s decision to ally wit
h the neighboring state of Qin, and when Chu was finally conquered by Qin, he
committed suicide by drowning in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
The Chu people, who admired Qu Yuan for his loyalty and integrity, th
rew rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so they would not eat the body of their po
et hero. People then started dragon boat racing to scare off the fish.
Since then, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar is cel
brated as the Dragon Boat Festival. The following are some customs for the festival.
four decades has been a blessing to not only our two countries, but the whole world,” said Cui Ti
ankai, Chinese ambassador to the US, in his remarks during the awards presentation.
“And the essence of the 40-year story is amity between the peoples, which lays the foundation for
and shapes the future of our relations,” he said, adding that the stories shared by peoples from the two cou
ntries through the My China Album series will always “be a source of inspiration and motivation for us”.
Hundreds of US citizens participated in the series from Feb 6 to April 19, sharing their personal stories about China thro
ugh photos and captions. Ten of the participants were recognized for their genuine and touching stories.
“I was so honored to win first place in this year’s My China Album,” said
Max Horne, an incoming Harvard University freshman who visited Yunnan province years a
go and studied the Naxi culture, a local ethnic group. “There’s endless culture for us to appreciate.”
?was aware of the incident and was gathering information.
The charter company is contracted by the military for its twice-weekly “rotator” roundtrip
service between the US mainland and Guantanamo Bay, said Bill Dougherty, a spokesman f
China is concerned about protecting its own rapidly growing intellectual property, leading to increased reco
gnition of the issue’s importance, according to US citizens with business ties to the country.
Frank Wu, president of the Committee of 100, a nonpartisan leadership organization of prominent Chinese Ame
ricans in business, government, academia and the arts, said, “China has made great progress. China has its own inte
llectual property to protect. That includes both in the global marketplace and also internally.or the Jacksonville base.
It flies every Tuesday and Friday from the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia to the Jacksonvil
le air station and on to Cuba. It then flies back to Virginia with a stop again at Jacksonville, Dougherty said.
?in fact a type of aluminum alloy that can be used to imitate the shape of traditional Chinese a
rchitecture at a low cost. It is an example of how modern technology is applied at the ex
hibition,” Li Liang, a designer of the pavilion, was quoted by Beijing Daily as saying.
By installing rainwater collection devices on the roofs and tanks beneath the pavili
on, a mini ecological circulation has been created by gathering rainwater to irrigate the terraced fields.
Shen Yanyan, who camea with her family from Jiangxi province for a visit, said that
although she didn’t know much about design, she felt the building was “very cool”.
“We saw its shiny roof upon entry to the park and we were immediately attracted,” said the 33-year-old. “The Chin
a Pavilion is not only beautiful outside, but also inside. My mother is very happy to see flowers from so many pro
vinces and regions of the country, and all are well-trimmed and placed in the pavilion’s exhibition halls.”