Dragonboat Festival
Season 1, Episode 1
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Air date November 5, 2007
Written by Sascha Paladino
Episode guide
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
  • - one
  • èr - two
  • sān - three
  • 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".


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