By Frances Nichol
If you've been outside at all today, it should be pretty obvious by now that tomorrow is a holiday—the Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Jie, 端午节). And while zongzi (粽子)—the traditional festival snack that consists of glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaves—are everywhere, the dragon boats themselves are a bit harder to find.
But if you're willing to go a bit out of town, you'll be rewarded. Zhao Zhen (赵镇) in Jintang County (金堂) will host three-day Dragon Boat Festival celebrations. In addition to the boat races, there will be a duck-catching competition involving over 1,000 ducks and 300 participants diving into the water after them, dragon and lion dances, a calligraphy, painting, and photography exhibition celebrating the county, a beer and food carnival replete with beer-drinking competition, a chef's cooking competition, and fireworks.
The opening ceremony for the party starts on Thursday at 9 a.m., in the Jinyang Park on Beibin Lu (北滨路金阳公园). The boat races will start upstream of Da Bridge on the Pi River (毗河大桥以上水域). Fireworks start at 8:30 p.m. over the riverbanks.
Within the city, small-scale festivities are held annually at Wenshufang (文殊坊) and Jinli (锦里).
Jintang is approximately 40 kilometers northeast of Chengdu. Buses depart for Jintang from the Xinnanmen Bus Station as well as the North Bus Station, beside the North Train Station.
Three trains depart daily from the North Train Station. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes by train.
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