Dragon Boat Festival

boatDragon Boat Festival is occuring on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. It’s a significant holiday celebrated in china, and the one with the longest history. The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragon. Competing team rows their boats forward to a drumbeat racing to the finish end first.

The boat races during the Dragon Boat Festival are traditional custom to attempt to rescue the patriotic poet Chu Yuan. Chu Yuan drown on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 B.C. Chinese citizen now throw bamboo leaves filled with cooked rice into the water. Therefore the fish could eat the rice rather than the hero poet. This later on turned into the custom of eating tzungtzu and rice dumpling.

The celebration’s is a time for protection from evil and disease for the rest of the year. It is done so by the different practices such as Hanging healthy herbs on the front door, drinking the alcohol mixing into realgar. After researched by Chinese Culture researcher, protection from evil and disease is the real and original meaning of this festival. As for tzungtzu, the people in the Xia Dynasty had already this traditional food in fact. So called memorizing the great poet Chu Yuan, it was attached into the festival at the end of the Han Dynasty, and became into the dominant meaning of the Dragon Boat Festival. Since the essence of the Dragon Boat Festival had changed, it is not only a tradional holiday, but also a Chinese culture heritage.

On May 28th this year, let’s celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival!

Travel Aroud LiYe

img_5501Liye is an ancient town in the southwest of Hunan province and nearby Chongqing. It is famous for culture relic from Qin dynasty. The culture relic is called “Qin Jian”. If you are familiar with the Chinese history and traditional culture, maybe you know Qin dynasty was a powerful country in 221 B.C. when the first emperor of Qin unified China. “Jian” means letter or article or diary, it was written by knife on the bamboo paper. That’s an earlier implement for writing in China. “Qin Jian” recorded the great amount of historic materials to help us research the Qin dynasty history.

img_5517In Apr 11, my wife and I visited Liye with my colleagues. At first we went to the Xiushan which is a small city in ChongQing by train, then arrived at Liye by bus in the evening. It was not dark. After supper dinner, we couldn’t wait to visit the ancient relics of “Qin Jian”. However, it had became the ruins. Nothing was left because all “Qin Jian” were collected by government and were moved into the museum to protect properly. To attract more visitors, the local government was going to build the museum. But now it was only plan.

We were all depress. Fortunately, the town’s buildings were decorated in the traditional style and showed the beautiful scenery. We walked through the streets in the night, experienced the feeling of stranger suddenly. In fact the scenery here was nearly similar as my hometown.

img_5558ext day, we went to a small town called “Xichehe”, the English meaning is the river where some guys washed the wagons. As tourist guide said, the origin of the name was from a legend. It said that one man was back to hometown through by Xichehe driving a wagon. When he arrived here, the horse lose the man’s control suddenly and rushed into the river so that the wagon was fell into the river. After the horse drank the water of the river, it was back to normal and pulled the wagon following its master’s order again.

Maybe the legend painted some mysterious colors for us, but this small town is really old, broken and dirty. We were all disappointment especially me, because the scenery here was same as my home country several decades ago.

It is the area where the minorities located around Liye such as Miao, Tujia. So the custom of their life and the style of their building are different from ours. In that afternoon, we went to the village which is belong to the indigenous citizen of Tujia minority. They were all warm and hospitable. They took their wine produced by themselves and invited us to their home. They are all good at dancing and singing. After lunch dinner, they performed many exciting dance for us. It was great.

img_5621The travel time was too short, we had to be back. Although the scenery there is not beautiful, but a lot of thing during this travel gave me deep impression still.

Nobody

Nobody is willing to be nobody.
Fame, Money, Beauty, is your dream?
Be Ordinary, Poor, Humble,
It’s a nightmare, isn’t it?
Anyway, only somebody can be somebody
That’s the truth you can’t change.
Somebody said, The world is flat,
All men are created equal, however
Not be born equal!
In fact, It is absolute truth.
So you must fight!
Because, the Fate is your Enemy.