National Geographic : 1947 Apr
Mee Cheung Straining at the Paddles, a Dragon Boat Crew Spurts Ahead of Rival CraftinaNoisy Race Annual regattas throughout China commemorate the legendary search for the body of a drowned official. Leaders exhort their oarsmen with loud shouts. Drummers standing amidships beat furiously to frighten evil spirits. In the excitement novice crews sometimes swamp their boats, ornamented with dragon heads.