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Dragon boats make a splash returning to Suzhou Creek

June 08, 2021

More than 50 dragon boat teams raced against each other on the Suzhou Creek for Shanghai's annual dragon boat competition over the weekend, with the event returning after the COVID-19 outbreak.
The 53 professional and amateur teams raced on 200 and 500-meter sections of the creek on Saturday and Sunday for the China Dragon Boat Open 2021 and 18th Shanghai Suzhou Creek Dragon Boat Invitation Tournament. This is ahead of this year's Dragon Boat Festival which falls on June 14. Six women's teams will take part in the annual competition for the first time.
The contestants competed along a downtown section of the creek in Putuo District, known as the "Crown of the Suzhou Creek".