I’ve been in Taiwan for almost 5 years now and I’ve never been to the Dragon Boat races, in part because every time I’ve mentioned the idea of watching to a Taiwanese friend they’ve always said it’s too hot (maybe) and they watched it as a child (probably a lie).
Anyway, I often bicycle on the riverside bike paths between 6 and 7 am, and for the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed watching the preparations for the race (on the river behind the Songshan Airport). Teams have been practicing paddling the boats for weeks. As race date nears, preparations have increased and the parking lot is now full of cars at that early hour, of the participants who jog together in packs beside the river and paddle in their giant boats. Even without a race, it is fun watching the boats cut through the still water, casting a giant wake behind them, seeing the paddlers mostly in unison by now, and seeing one fat guy lounging in the bow and one in the stern of each boat, enjoying the free ride.
So, having watched them practice for a few weeks now, I’m thinking I might check out the race/s. Sure it will be hot, but they’ve got a whole bunch of tent roofs set up in the spectator area (although they’ll probably be insufficient), or I could just wear a hat.
Has anyone seen the races?