Legend of Qu Yuan

Dunedin Chinese Garden -  Legend of Qu Yuan

The Legend of Qu Yuan

The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The evolving nature of this ancient festival is evident in its varying origin stories, customs and names.

Here at Lan Yuan, Dunedin Chinese Garden we celebrate this event in June as The Legend of Qu Yuan, as it’s an opportunity to commemorate the life and legacy of the poet and scholar, Qu Yuan.

Join us on Friday evening after work and enjoy the beauty of Lan Yuan at dusk. Explore the garden illuminated with lanterns and sit back and relax with a cup of tea in the Tea House. Guzheng and Chinese Xiao Flute – experience traditional Chinese music performed at twilight by members of the Dunedin Chinese Art/Instrument Association from 6pm.

Celebrate all weekend long at Lan Yuan.  Eat zongzi – traditional Chinese sticky rice dumplings, give calligraphy a go, make a paper dragon boat, and celebrate the legend of the poet and scholar, Qu Yuan through self-guided interactive games and activities.

Friday, 3 June 5pm - 8pm
Saturday, 4 and Sunday 5 June 10am - 5pm

Entry special: Adult $8, Concession $5

Tea House special: $2 Cups of Tea

Annual Pass special: $20.50, Concession $13.50
Children 13 and under FREE (max three). Additional charges may apply.

Zongzi Cooking Class

Celebrate the life of historical poet Qu Yuan with a cooking class at Lan Yuan.

Lead by Ming Du from the Lan Yuan team, you’ll learn to make the classic festival snack Zongzi in this hour long workshop. Zongzi – these sweet red bean filled traditional rice dumplings are vegetarian friendly and wrapped in bamboo leaves for an aromatic and flavoursome treat.

Saturday 4 June, 10am
Free, normal garden entry fees apply
Limited spaces. CLASS FULLY BOOKED

Garden Tours

Join Malcolm Wong, chairman of the Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust for a free 30-minute garden tour.

Saturday 4 June, 1pm and 1.45pm
Free, normal garden entry fees apply
Limited spaces

There’s something for everyone at Lan Yuan, Dunedin Chinese Garden.