National Geographic : 1937 Dec
716 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by T. C. Lau A CANTON DRAGON BOAT HAS MORE PADDLES THAN A VENETIAN GALLEY'S OARS From a distance the parasols suggest smokestacks of an ocean liner. Plenty of man power speeds these slender craft, unless lack of timing causes a mix-up in paddles. The gaily decorated boats are raced on the river at Canton on Dragon-Boat Festival Day, the fifth day of the fifth month of the year. Although the Chinese have officially adopted the modern calendar, festivals of the lunar year survive.