April 22, 2018 | 01:06 pm GMT+7 Two dragon boats practicing to race on a river in China have overturned and 17 people drowned, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Television pictures showed one of the long, narrow boats packed with paddlers going over on Saturday on a stretch of a river near the city of Guilin where the current appeared to be strong. Another dragon boat arrived at the scene, also full of paddlers, and it too capsized, the pictures showed. Xinhua said 57 people had gone into the water and 200 rescuers were sent to help. The rescue effort went on late into the night. The accident happened where two flows of the river converge causing a powerful current, the CCTV broadcaster said. Most of those who went into the river were not wearing life jackets, media reported. Two people had been detained in connection with the accident, Xinhua said. Dragon boat racing is popular in various parts of Asia and the Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday … [Read more...] about Two Chinese dragon boats capsize in river, 17 killed
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After one-year-long intensive preparations, Malaysia officially launched the Visit Malaysia Year(VMY) 2007 Saturday night, the third and also the largest tourism promotion year drive in the country. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi attended the grand launching ceremony in Lake Titiwangsa Park here, together with diplomatic envoys based in Malaysia, foreign tourists and thousands of Malaysian people from all walks of life. In his speech, Badawi outstretched his welcoming arms to visitors from all over the world, inviting them to come to this Southeast Asian nation to share its natural beauty and multiculture, promising the best service for the money they spend here. The prime minister gave a clear message, "Malaysia welcomes the world." The VMY 2007 came in conjunction with the celebration of 50 years of independence and nationhood of this tropical country. The Malaysian government hopes to woo 20 million foreign tourists this year and earn 44.5 billion ringit ($12.36 … [Read more...] about Malaysia launches “Visit Malaysia Year 2007”
Asia rang in the Year of the Rabbit on Thursday with blasts of fireworks, colourful lion dances and prayers that the bunny will live up to its reputation for happiness and good fortune in 2011. A child poses for a photo in Manila's Chinatown on February 2, 2011. … [Read more...] about Fireworks, dances greet Year of the Rabbit
Traditionally, a great many Vietnamese festivals are centered on worshipping, good luck, or showing gratitude. On these occasions, there are many peripheral activities, including arts performances, sporting events and the consumption of food and drink. Those attending enjoy the extra attractions as part of the festival, but if it were not for the central theme the festival would never have taken place. There are still a myriad of traditional festivals in Vietnam, but more and more are being organised to attract tourists and the commercial benefits they bring. The notably successful ones build on already popular and internationally well-known natural or historical man-made 'themes'. Hue Festival is closely related to the old citadel, the imperial tombs, pagodas and temples. Quang Ninh Festival relies an Ha Long Bay, and Hoi An Festival is dependant on the old Chinese and Japanese quarters of the town. … [Read more...] about International Dragon Boat Racing in Danang, Why Not?