Update: 10:21 | 17/02/2019
The open dragon boat race 2019 kicked off at West Lake in the capital city of Hanoi on February 16, attracting thousands of locals and visitors.
Attended the opening ceremony were Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung, and leaders of centrally-run agencies.
A boat race team at the event.
Director of the municipal Department of Culture and Sports To Van Dong said the festival drew over 700 professional and amateur racers of 43 teams.
They are from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore
At the opening event, visitors were treated to special art performances, including dragon and lion dances staged by 150 members from the Hanoi Martial Art Association.
The race is part of activities to realize a cooperation agreement on cultural and sports development in the city between the Hanoi People’s Committee and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.
In February last year, the first dragon boat festival was organized on the capital’s West Lake. The event gathered 27 teams from seven districts around Hanoi.