China-Ice Dragon Boat

First world "ice dragon boat" championship opens in North China

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Dolon Nor, Xilingol League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, north China - Jan 10, 2018
1. Various of "ice dragon boat" race going on
2. Participants cheering
3. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Liu Xuejing, amateur photographer (with reporter asking questions):
(Reporter: "Do you feel cold?")
"No. Look at me, I'm wearing a pair of cotton trousers, a pair of cotton boots and two down jackets. They have kept me from coldness. I can stay on the ice for three hours without complaining. I have never taken photos of [ice dragon boats], especially on such a cold day. It is about minus 20, 30 degrees Celsius. I'd love to have a try."
4. Teams preparing for competition
5. Drum, paddles
6. Ice blade
7. Paddles, braking system
8. Dragon head on boat
9. Stick with spike-laden horsehoof
10. Various of dragon boats racing forward on ice
11. Participants cheering
12. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Malaysian participants (no name given):
"Very cold. Very cold."
13. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Malaysian participant (no name given):
"For this one, this is very well organized. I really enjoy it. This is our first time paddling on ice, and we really enjoy it."
14. Racing completed
15. Team members posing for photos

Storyline


The first world "ice dragon boat" championship kicked off on Wednesday in Dolon Nor, Xilingol League, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Over 300 participators from 23 countries and regions competed in the three-day championship that featured 12-men, five-men and four-men ice dragon boat racing over 100 and 200 meters.

Local temperature dropped to minus 25 degrees Celsius, but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of either participators or spectators.

Liu Xuejing, an amateur photographer from Beijing, said she didn't feel cold because she wore a lot of thick clothes.

"Look at me, I'm wearing a pair of cotton trousers, a pair of cotton boots and two down jackets. They have kept me from coldness. I can stay on the ice for three hours without complaining. I have never taken photos of [ice dragon boats], especially on such a cold day. It is about minus 20, 30 degrees Celsius. I'd love to have a try," she said.

Same with traditional dragon boats, ice dragon boats are also equipped with drums which help to keep the tempo of rowing for team members in competitions. The difference is, the ice dragon boats have ice blades by the bottom, and apart from paddles, there are also sticks with spike-laden horsehoofs used on the ice surface. Besides, a braking system is installed at the stern, so that helmsman could stop the boat on time if needed.

"For this one, this is very well organized. I really enjoy it. This is our first time paddling on ice, and we really enjoy it," said a Malaysian participant.

Dragon boat competition is a traditional Chinese water sport event which has a history of over a thousand years. The ice adaptation of dragon boat racing is evolved from "ice sled", a common entertainment equipment in north China.

The ice dragon boat has freed the racing from limitations of climate and season while keeping the skills and competitiveness in the original game. It is also more thrilling with higher speed and stronger passions.

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  • ID : 8070803
  • Published : 2018-01-12 19:49
  • Last Modified : 2018-01-12 19:50:28
  • Location : Xilingol League,Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region,China
  • Category : sport
  • Duration : 2'24
  • Audio Language : Chinese/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 2
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