Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Follow the lead of Hong Kongers and make a party out of an ancient Chinese festival under the modern skyline of Victoria Harbour. Boats, beers and the cheers of hundreds of thousands of spectators – it’s the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival.
Watch thousands of the world’s top dragon boat athletes battle it out at the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races – three days of intense racing that will fill the harbour with heart-stopping action, a profusion of colour and the sounds of drummers and fans urging paddlers on to the finish line. Come time to wind down, join athletes and spectators at the San Miguel BeerFest for ice-cold beer and rocking live music.
So dive in and chill out at this year’s Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival!
See photos and video highlights from the 2014 edition here:
It all started in 1976 when Hong Kong fishermen participated in an international dragon boat race (there was one foreign team – from Japan) off Shau Kei Wan. Nobody would have guessed that this humble event would go on to spark an explosion of worldwide interest in dragon boat racing and transform this ancient Chinese folk ritual into a modern international sport.
This year, thousands of athletes from all over the world will compete in Victoria Harbour, with Hong Kong’s iconic skyline as the backdrop. As always, it promises to be a thrilling event in the home of modern dragon boat racing.Date: Venue:Victoria Harbour, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Admission:Free
- MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit G, walk along Mody Road towards the East Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront for about 15 minutes.
- MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit P1.
- Star Ferry from either Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui. Turn right after alighting from the ferry and walk along the waterfront for about 15 minutes.
- CCB (Asia) International Open Grand Championship
- ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS International Mixed Grand Championship
- Quality Tourism Services Association International Women’s Grand Championship
- International Open Championship
- International Mixed Championship
- International Women’s Championship
- International Paradragon Championship
- International Breast Cancer Survivors Championship
This year, we have among us a group of warriors – the breast cancer survivors (BCS). Crowned with the triumph of having defeated cancer, they will now vie for glory in the ‘International Breast Cancer Survivor Championship’, introduced in an effort to further promote the sport as a means to enhance physical and social wellbeing.
Since the first BCS dragon boat team ‘Abreast in a Boat’ was formed in 1996 as part of a study at the University of British Columbia on the impact of exercise on BCS, more and more BCS have found themselves benefiting from dragon boating, a sport that provides strenuous upper body activity in beautiful surroundings and a socially supportive environment which is now practised around the world.
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