Forgive my sporadic posts. WordPress is blocked in China, and anyway the Internet doesn’t really work in my hotel room.
My first weekend here, we were able to participate in the Color Run, which came to Beijing as its first stop in China. You can see more photos from the run, which is kind of a sensation with races in cities all over the world, here.
A nice way to end the dragon boating season… yesterday we reclaimed our title of Discovery Bay women’s champions!
The local English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, wrote a profile about our dragon boat team celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
The story is behind a paywall, so you have to have a subscription to read, but here’s an excerpt:
Passed from fishing communities to curious “gweilo” foreigners during the 1970s, the sport has been celebrated – over a beer or two – ever since for its powerful displays of endurance and timely precision. Over the years, teams of paddling enthusiasts have banded together on Hong Kong’s shores only to disappear, along with the ebbs and flows in the tides of expat traffic.
But there is one Hong Kong dragon-boating club still paddling after 25 years: the Lamma Dragons.
Like any good dragon-boating story, it started with a drink.
“I was in the Island Bar when I heard a drum coming from the harbour,” says Kathy Basey, a Lamma resident and one of the founding members of the club. “Fishermen were practising and it made me wonder, wouldn’t it be great to have a team?”
Another weekend, another race. This time, we got 3rd in women’s (out of eight), and fourth in mixed (out of 43!). I don’t remember what the men got, sorry!
But the weather was nice, and now we have a nice long break till we race again in mid-June.
So what is this race really all about?