Haikou two beaches see 300K beachgoers on 1st day of Duanwu Festival
According to the statistics from Haikou tourism authorities, on the first day of the 3-day Duanwu Festival holiday, major beaches in Haikou including Holiday Inn Beach and Baishamen Beach saw around 300,000 citizens and tourists bathe in the “dragon water”.
Hainan is well known for the tradition of dragon water bathing during the Dragon Boat Festival to keep one safe and healthy throughout the year.
It is believed that Qu Yuan, a patriot poet during the Warring State Period (475-221 BC), became a dragon after he committed suicide in the river.
In Hainan, during the festival, cities and counties on the island have seen for crowds of people flocking to the beach to wash away bad fortunes and be blessed with good luck for the following year.