hroughout the world, with a history of more than 2,000 years. In 2006, the traditional festival was listed as part of China’s
national intangible cultural heritage. In 2008, it was recognized as a public holiday in the Chinese mainland.
The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chu state
official and poet who lived during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) before the reu
nification of China under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). He was exiled after opposing his king’s decision to ally wit
h the neighboring state of Qin, and when Chu was finally conquered by Qin, he
committed suicide by drowning in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
The Chu people, who admired Qu Yuan for his loyalty and integrity, th
rew rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so they would not eat the body of their po
et hero. People then started dragon boat racing to scare off the fish.
Since then, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar is cel
brated as the Dragon Boat Festival. The following are some customs for the festival.
also learned to do acupuncture and cupping therapy. He said that he likes to study the philosophy contained in Chin
ese medicine, the balance of yin and yang and the five elements, which is also helpful for practicing tai chi.
Haase has been to many cities in China, including Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Harbin. He found that every city in China has its ow
n characteristics. Haase’s hometown Victoria and Changsha have a longstanding friendship. He has made m
any local friends in Changsha, where also met his tai chi teachers, Chinese medicine teachers and his wife.
Haase thinks the most attractive aspect of Chinese culture is Chinese philosophy and Taoism. He has adapted the slow-pace
d lifestyle described in the Tao Te Ching, a book written by Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism. “The pace of life for mod
ern people is too fast. I think everyone should learn from the Tao Te Ching,” he said.
was aware of the incident and was gathering information.
The charter company is contracted by the military for its twice-weekly “rotator” roundtrip
service between the US mainland and Guantanamo Bay, said Bill Dougherty, a spokesman f
China is concerned about protecting its own rapidly growing intellectual property, leading to increased reco
gnition of the issue’s importance, according to US citizens with business ties to the country.
Frank Wu, president of the Committee of 100, a nonpartisan leadership organization of prominent Chinese Ame
ricans in business, government, academia and the arts, said, “China has made great progress. China has its own inte
llectual property to protect. That includes both in the global marketplace and also internally.or the Jacksonville base.
It flies every Tuesday and Friday from the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia to the Jacksonvil
le air station and on to Cuba. It then flies back to Virginia with a stop again at Jacksonville, Dougherty said.
an independent choice based on the objective need of the country’s reform and development.
This is helpful in promoting high-quality growth, meeting the people’s need
s for a better life and promoting peace, stability and development of the world, he said.
China also hopes that other countries will create a good investment environment, treat Chinese enterpris
es, students and scholars equally and create a friendly environment for their normal international exchange activities, Xi said.
Xi pledged to take stronger measures to promote international cooperation in protecting intellectual pro
perty, which he said is not only crucial to protecting the legal rights of companies but also to promoting high-quality growth.
China will enhance policy coordination with the world’s major economic entities and j
ointly promote the robust, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth of the global economy, he said