Swiss International Dragon Boat Team Suzhou

Dragon boat racing has a rich history of ancient ceremonial and ritualistic traditions, which originated in southern central China more than 2000 years ago. And it hasn’t lost it’s fascinating since.

Dragon Boating is a combination of physical strength, technique, endurance and teamwork.
​It is not a regular paddle sport; Dragon Boating is deeply embedded in China’s culture, where dragons have a very symbolic meaning. With its strength and power, the Dragon rides the clouds in the sky and commands the wind, mist and rain. A classic dragon has the head of an ox; a deer’s antlers; the mane of a horse; the body of a snake; the claws of an eagle and the tail of a fish.

Dragon boat races were traditionally held as part of the annual Duanwu Festival, also known as the Dragon Boat Festival. It is a traditional holiday originating in China, occurring near the summer solstice. The festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese calendar, which is the source of the festival’s alternative name, the Double Fifth Festival.

Because of its social interaction, its traditional, and cultural character but also because of the beautiful boats, Dragon Boating is still very popular. Attractive to the corporate market as a ‘community activity’ it is also a high-performance sport for athletes.

If you want to try something different, unique and at the same time have lots of fun – Dragon Boating is the activity for you!

Here is some history of the Swiss International Dragon Boat Team Suzhou team:
In 2012, the year of the Snake, an international ladies team started dragon boating by competing at the Jinjihu Moon Harbor race.The English name they chose was VIPERS. For their Chinese name, they chose 白娘子 (Bainiangzi) – the name of the main character of the famous Chinese “Legend of the White Snake”, also known as “White Lady”.
Due to a unique combination of nationalities and a vibrant team spirit, the team attracted a lot of media attention and even became the subject of various television documentaries that were screened all over China.

In 2014, also a men’s team was established. Since then, the group more and more competed in the mixed boat category, and the team changed the name into “Swiss International Dragon Boat Team Suzhou”.
Currently, the squad consists of around 30 team members, most expats, from 16 different countries.
They take part in Dragon Boat races all over China and South East Asia.

Some of the races the Swiss International Dragon Boat Team Suzhou has participated in:

– Suzhou / China, Jinjihu 2012-2017
– Suzhou / China, Taihu Cowboy Country Club 2014-2017
– Suzhou / China, Shihu 2015-2017
– Linhe / China 2015
– Huangshan / China 2015
– Boracay / Philippines 2016
– Shanghai / China 2016-17
– Yizheng / China 2017
– Xuzhou / China 2017
– Busan / South Korea 2017
– Yingshang / China 2017
– Penang / Malaysia 2017

The Swiss International Dragon Boat Team Suzhou owns a boat that is located at Dongsha lake, SIP. As long as the temperatures allow, the teams train; the girl’s team practices three times a week and the men’s team trains on Thursday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Currently, there are a few spots available at the Swiss International Dragon Boat Team Suzhou.
If you are sportive and like to challenge yourself, but also enjoy being part of a team, come and try out!

Please contact Sonya if you are interested in enhancing your experience of China by learning about this unique traditional Chinese sport, or make an appointment for a trial practice.
Sonya Loher 150-5158 8202
WeChat id: PennyLane-888

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