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Legend of Qu Yuan

Legend of Qu Yuan

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  • Sun 28 May ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm


Dunedin Chinese Garden, Cnr Rattray & Cumberland Streets, Dunedin


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Family Pass (2 Adults, 4 Children): $15.00
  • Adults: $9.00
  • Student/Beneficiary: $6.00
  • Child (under 13 years with adult): $0.00

Join us for a Fun family day!

Discover the legend of Qu Yuan, zongzi and those mysterious upright eggs.
Normal admission charges apply, additional charges apply for some events.
Children 13 and under free.

The story of Qu Yuan:
Qu Yuan lived in the State of Chu during the Warring States Period (475 BC – 221BC). He was wrongly exiled by his king for treason and he later expressed his sentiments through his poems. He became so overwhelmed with grief when his home state capital was occupied by an enemy, he warned his king against, that he drowned himself in the Miluo river.

As a much-loved figure, on hearing of the tragedy, the people rushed out in boats to try to save Qu Yuan. Failing this they searched the river for his body, but could not find it. It is said that people symbolically threw cooked glutinous rice wrapped in leaves (‘zongzi’) into the river so the fish would not be hungry enough to eat Qu Yuan’s body.

So began, amongst other activities, the custom of dragon boat races and of making and eating the traditional festival food, zongzi.

Admission specials.

Family pass special:
Family pass for entry to the Legend of Qu Yuan Family Day $15, includes two adults and four children. Valid for use only on 28 May 2017.

Annual Pass Special:
Annual Pass $17 or $12 student/senior. Receive free entry to the Garden all year round. Get your tickets early! Available for purchase 15 - 28 May 2017 from the Dunedin Chinese Garden.

Fun activities for kids.

- Dragon hunt around the Garden.
- Balloon Twisting and Storytelling in the Tower Room.
- Traditional Chinese games in the Courtyard.
- Face Painting.
- Always wanted to be a princess or an emperor? Try on traditional Chinese costumes and get your mum or dad to take your photo around the Garden.
- Programme.

Chinese Knot Making:
Chinese knots are rich in symbolic meaning and make great sentimental gifts for family and friends. Have a go at creating these traditional and distinctive folk handicrafts.

Bookings essential as spaces are limited.
Tower Room - 10:15am, 3pm - $5 to cover cost of materials.

Become part of Qu Yuan’s legend in an interactive story journey around the Garden.
Tower Room - 11am

Egg Standing Contest:
The Duanwu Festival is held in China to commemorate the life and death of the famous Chinese Scholar Qu Yuan. This festival is held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, which is traditionally an unlucky month.

To ensure luck for the coming year, people compete in egg standing contests. It is believed that making an egg stand on this day, especially at 12 noon, will bring luck. Decorate your egg and give it a go!

Tea House - 11:45am

Tai Chi:
Be more than just a spectator of the ancient art of tai chi. Watch the demonstration, get a feel for the moves and join in the art of moving meditation. No experience needed.
Courtyard - 12:30pm (weather permitting).

Balloon Twisting:
Watch us go wild and create animal and artistic sculptures out of balloons. From flowers to roosters you’ll have something special of your very own to take home.
Tower Room - 12:30 - 2:30pm

Zongzi Cooking Class:
Learn how to make the traditional cultural food zongzi - sticky rice dumplings with different kinds of fillings, wrapped in bamboo leaves.

Bookings essential as spaces are limited.
Tea House - 1:30pm - $6 to cover cost of materials.

Guangboticao - exercises with music:
Hard to pronounce, but so much fun to do! You can’t help but join in with these exercises that are an inherent part of Chinese culture. For people of all ages and abilities.
Courtyard - 4pm

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