Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Races

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Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Races
Photograph: Damian Shaw.com | City of Sydney
Team Cure Brian Cancer team at the Dragon Boat Races

The two-day regatta at Darling Harbour is the biggest dragon boat race event in the southern hemisphere, with more than 100 races running every ten minutes. Up to 5,000 paddlers will churn up the water in 12-metre-long boats, featuring an ornately carved dragonhead and tail. Spectators line the shores of Cockle Bay to watch the boats battle it out. The boats are decorated like dragons, and one of the highlights is watching the dotting of the dragon’s eye – a symbolic awaking of the dragon before the races begin. 

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