|Season 1, Episode 1|
|Air date||November 5, 2007|
|Written by||Sascha Paladino|
Dragon Dance (Downward Doghouse)
N/A (Ni-Hao, Kai-Lan)
Twirly Whirly Flyers
Dragonboat Festival is the first episode of the first season of Ni Hao, Kai-Lan, and the show's first overall episode. Premiering on November 5, 2007, Kai-Lan and her friends have a Dragonboat Race at the Dragonboat Festival.
Today's the big Dragonboat Festival. Kai-Lan and Rintoo lost the first race because Rintoo didn't listen to the drumbeats of the peeking mice and now he's mad. Kai-Lan, Tolee, and HoHo calm him down and they win the 2nd race. Everybody got to see Mr. Dragon soon after.
Words in Mandarin Chinese
- 你好nǐ hǎo - hello
- 爺爺yé yé - Grandpa
- 我来了wǒ lái le - I'm coming
- 一 yī - one
- 二 èr - two
- 三 sān - three
- 跳tiáo - jump
- 謝謝xiè xiè - thank you
- 再見zài jiàn - goodbye
- Rintoo: I don't want to race anymore! We lost! And it's not fair! (whacks the boat & yells)
- Kai-lan: Rintoo!
- Tolee: Kai-lan, why did Rintoo do that?
- Kai-lan: I'm not sure, Tolee.
- This episode is the very first episode of the TV series.
- Hoho really does not talk much in this episode.
- This is the first episode where someone gets mad. In this episode, Rintoo gets mad. It shows that Rintoo really does not like losing.
- In this episode, the characters had some differences: Kai-Lan's skin was lightish yellow, Rintoo's stripes were black, and Hoho had a kid's voice which was a little gruffish. This also happens in the eighth episode, Everybody's Hat Parade.
- The dragon dance in this episode was adapted from the Downward Doghouse short, "Dragon Dance".