Many towns this year cancelled the official races that coincide with the dragon boat festival, keeping only the parades. But that did not hinder Dongguan’s professional racing or its reputation throughout the national and international scene. In June, the Machong Guangda Dragon Boat Team won three championships in three out of four stops on the 2014 China Longzhou Tour, becoming the champion of champions. A few days later, they also seized three first place finishes at the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, which brought together over 60 teams from around the world. These achievements won an invitation by the Chinese Longzhou Association to attend the Club Crew World Championship in Ravenna, Italy. In September, Machong will represent China along with two other teams. The Machong Team, founded in January 2013, won sponsorship from the local developer Guangda Group last year in June.