Overseas students enjoy dragon boat race, ECNU retains the championship
Updated: 2017-06-07

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The tenth dragon boat race for overseas college students in Shanghai sets sail on Tonghai Lake on the campus of East China University of Science and Technology on June 3. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

The annual dragon boat race for overseas college students studying in Shanghai took place on the Fengxian Campus of the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) on June 3, celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival and promoting traditional Chinese culture.

A tradition widely enjoyed by overseas students in Shanghai, this year's event attracted more than 1,000 students from 29 local universities, such as Fudan University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

After the fierce competition, the East China Normal University team retained the championship, with Donghua University and East China University of Science and Technology closely following up in second and third places, respectively.

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The race intensifies as the students row towards the finish line. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

The participants were also treated to a cultural feast during their rest time, featuring activities such as watching Peking Opera shows, sampling zongzi (glutinous rice dumplings), and playing guqin (a traditional Chinese musical instrument) in Han Chinese dress.

Since its initiation in 2008, the event has witnessed numerous overseas students compete on university teams at Tonghai Lake on the ECUST campus. It has also become a famous and enjoyable platform for overseas students to broaden horizons and enhance their Chinese connections.

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The East China Normal University team poses for a group photo after retaining the championship. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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An overseas student from Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance plays guqin, a traditional Chinese musical instrument, during an even held on the sidelines of the race. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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