The Legend of Qu Yuan

3 - 4 June 2022

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. Lan Yuan Dunedin Chinese Garden celebrates this event as The Legend of Qu Yuan, an opportunity to commemorate the life and legacy of the poet and scholar, Qu Yuan.

Friday 3 June | 5pm – 8pm
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.

Saturday 4 June | 10am – 11am
Learn how to make the classic festival snack Zongzi. These filled traditional rice dumplings are vegetarian friendly and wrapped in bamboo leaves for an aromatic and flavoursome treat. Limited spaces, please email to book

Saturday 4 June | 1pm and 1.45pm
Join Malcolm Wong, chairman of the Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust for a free 30-minute garden tour. Limited numbers

All weekend:

  • Make a paper dragon boat
  • Calligraphy station
  • Qu Yuan games and activities
  • Zongzi – sticky rice dumplings available for purchase

ENTRY SPECIAL Adult $8 | Concession $5

ANNUAL PASS SPECIAL Annual Pass $20.50 | Concession $13.50


Children 13 and under FREE (max three)
Additional charges may apply

There’s something for everyone!

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