The Fenghua Dayan Water Festival | 奉化大堰嬉水节国际之旅
Written by (作者): Ningbo Focus 《宁波聚焦》
Photos by (图片来源): Hossein Khandan, Ningbo Focus 《宁波聚焦》
The return to Dayan happened on August 1st, this time for the Ningbo Focus Water Festival with On the Way Tours and 102.9 FM. Over a hundred people came out to the event, filling two buses that made their way from Lao Waitan at 7:30 AM, off into blue skies and a shining sun.
Our first stop was Jianling Village for water rafting. The road to the river was perilous and slow, but the view was fantastic. Trees covered the sides of the road, and farmers, cows and ducks made their way along the creeks below. Upon arriving, everyone was excited to get in the water and get soaked. There were twists and turns along the narrow path of running water, making it like a fun waterslide.
After the rafting the buses hit the road again, twisting and turning further up into the mountains until we arrived at a restaurant in Zaishuiyifang for lunch. Being high up in the mountains to enjoy a feast of local delicacies was quite a treat, made with natural and fresh ingredients.
Following lunch we made our way to the next activity: the water fight! Coming up to a decent sized river-like area, everyone got on a bridge and, water buckets in hand, proceeded to splash and soak one-another. By the time the war was finished, everyone was soaking wet, cool and smiling.
The fun didn’t stop there, as next up was a tug-of-war on water! With both teams standing on flat long rafts, they pulled with all their might to see who could get the rope quicker and who would fall in the water. It didn’t matter who won or lost because everyone was happy in the end. The rest of the day was free with all sorts of activities to enjoy. The weather was crisp and the soothing breeze helped with the heat. As a destination from which to escape the city, Dayan is a great choice.
Time flies when you’re having fun, and soon it was time to return to the humid sauna that was Ningbo. On the road back, people rested, sharing photos of the day on WeChat and talking on and on, though in silence, about the fun they had at Fenghua Dayan.