To celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, more than 40 traditional dragon boats took part in the fifth Huangpu Dragon Boat Racing on May 27. More than 5,000 participants - and 50,000 spectators - attended the event. The boats were decorated with colourful flags, eye-catching slogans and the 2010 Asian Games mascot Le Yang Yang. The crowd also hit gongs, beat drums and lit firecrackers to cheer on the participants. There are two kinds of traditional dragon boats: the da tou gou and ji gong tou. The da tou gou is yellow and has a big, flat front. It won't capsize easily, and it can make turns easily. The ji gong tou is black with a long front. It doesn't move as smoothly but is a more attractive boat. After the preliminary races, six dragon boats made the finals, a 600-metre race. The Shenjing Team won the race in a time of 1 minute, 34 seconds, which was 20 seconds faster than the runner-up. The champion team was awarded 10,000 yuan (HK$11,350) in prize money, a 100-kg roast pig and a barrel of rice wine. Xian Dongmei, a Guangdong native, who won a judo gold medal in last year's Beijing Olympics, was present to support the race. 'Dragon boat racing is a traditional Chinese sporting event. I'm very happy it will be featured as one of the events in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games,' she said. Peng Xinliu was among the crowd supporting the paddlers and waited for four hours for the race to start. 'It is very tiring but it is worth all the trouble because it is a very good race.'