Catching Ducks

Dragon Boat Races in Sichuan

11. Catching Ducks

After the end of the races. A large number of ducks that are penned up are disoriented by many exploding firecrackers. This confuses them so they can't fly. Duck are released and the boats vie to catch them. They must maneuver the long boats near the swimming ducks. The men them dive off the boats to catch the ducks. The winners then have a duck dinner with the ducks they can catch. It is very difficult to steer these long boats and they often crash into each other.

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