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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2016 Highlights

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2016 Highlights

Follow the lead of Hongkongers and make a party out of an ancient Chinese festival under the modern skyline of Victoria Harbour. Enjoy boats, beers and the cheers of hundreds of thousands of spectators — it’s the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival!

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the 2017 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival will take an even bigger stage at Central Harbourfront, with Hong Kong’s iconic skyline as the backdrop.

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-pounding 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 alike at the San Miguel BeerFest for ice-cold beer and rocking live music. There will also be first-ever Food Trucks Gala keeping tummies happy at the carnival. Bringing kids? Don’t miss various interactive activities and roving entertainment.

So dive in and chill out at this year’s Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival!

See photo and video highlights from the 2016 edition here:

Photo Gallery

 Info
Date:
2–4 June 2017
Venue:
Central Harbourfront
Admission:
Free
 How to get there
  • MTR Admiralty Station, take Exit A and walk 10 minutes, or;
  • MTR Central Station, take Exit A and walk 10 minutes, or;
  • MTR Hong Kong Station, take Exit A2 and walk eight minutes, or;
  • take the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central and walk two minutes.

In support of:
HKSAR 20th Anniversary

CCB (Asia) Hong KongIt all started in 1976 when Hong Kong fishermen participated in an international dragon boat race (there was one foreign team — from Nagasaki, 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.

The CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races will be held in Victoria Harbour, Central again this year. As always, it promises to be a thrilling event in the home of modern dragon boat racing.

 Info
Date & Time:
2 June 2017 (Friday)12:30–5:30pm
3 June 2017 (Saturday)8:30am to 5:30pm
4 June 2017 (Sunday)8:30am to 5:30pm
Venue:
Victoria Harbour, Central
Download map
Admission:
Free
Enquiry:
info@discoverhongkong.com
International Races

International Grand Championships
Top local and international teams will compete against Hong Kong’s best to be named victors of the international grand championships:

  • CCB (Asia) International Open Grand Championship
  • CORELLE International Mixed Grand Championship
  • Quality Tourism Services Association International Women’s Grand Championship

International Championships
Teams from outside Hong Kong will compete in five international championships:

  • International Open Championship
  • International Mixed Championship
  • International Women’s Championship
  • International Cancer Survivors’ Championship*
  • International Paradragon Championship*

* Includes local teams

Local Races

Local Championships & Invitational Races
Local teams representing the banking and commercial corporations, disciplinary forces etc. will take part in the following races:

Local Championships

  • Open Championship
  • Mixed Championship
  • San Mig Light Beer Women’s Championship
  • Chevalier Group Inter-company Championship
  • CCB (Asia) Banking Championship
  • U23 Championship cum HKCDBA Chairman Shield

Local Invitational Races

  • CCB (Asia) Dragon Boat Invitational Cup
  • Federation of HK Chiu Chow Community Organizations Disciplinary Forces Invitational Race

Top local teams will vie for victory in the following race:

  • President Shield
HKSAR 20th Anniversary CCB (Asia) Trophy

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, representative dragon boat teams from different Hong Kong districts will compete for glory.

Non-stop carnival fun all day long!

As tense as the competition can be on the water, ashore it’s a merry carnival. And the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival includes some zanier races that are just as hotly contested and just as spectacular to watch in the harbour. A dizzying array of fun and games will keep you busy throughout the day.

CCB (Asia) Dragon Boat Display and Charity Blessing Corner

CCB (Asia) has appointed the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) to design a dragon boat display with giant paddles, which will be exhibited at Central Harbourfront during the carnival. You can donate to the ADAHK there and write out your messages at the blessing corner. Come take pictures with the boat and share your well-wishes!

CCB (Asia) Row for Charity

Experience dragon boating on dry land with a dragon boat simulator! The more mileage you and other participants clock up, the more China Construction Bank (Asia) will donate to the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong.

CCB (Asia) Dragon Boat Invitational Cup

Watch as title sponsor CCB (Asia) take on the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association in a water fight to the death (or finish line, whichever’s closest)!

Fancy Dress Race

Local and overseas teams will compete for the Best Costume Award in an eye-catching event.

Interactive Activities

A flamboyant cast of marching bands, clowns and assorted entertainers are sure to put a smile on your face. Join in the fun with your favourite costume and props! You can also participate in an array of games, tattoo stickers, face painting and more.

 Did You Know
About Dragon Boat Racing

Know your dragon boat races!

At the ‘CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races’, you can see two types of dragon boats: the standard and the small. Click the picture for more information!

San Miguel

What is the best way to wind down from all the heart-pounding moments of watching the dragon boat races? Definitely the San Miguel BeerFest! Start off with an ice-cold beer before taking part in local creative arts, enjoy a live painting performance and the exhilarating Dry Land Dragon Boat Challenge, and check out the Vintage Mega Pinball Machine.

 Info
Date & Time:
2 June 2017 (Friday)1–10pm
3 June 2017 (Saturday)10am to 10pm
4 June 2017 (Sunday)10am to 10pm
Venue:
Central Harbourfront Event Space
Admission:
Free
Enquiry:
info@discoverhongkong.com
Highlights

Live Music Performances

Enjoy live music performances, a world-class DJ party, and don’t miss the San Mig Light busking sessions throughout the day.

Enjoy Cool San Miguel Beer#

Savour fantastic beer from San Miguel and meet friends from around the world! Cheers!
# Alcohol consumption is prohibited for persons under 18 years of age.

Massive Dragon Boat Origami

Take a selfie with a giant dragon boat origami creation by a local artist, against the background of nostalgic neon lights, traditional stores and classic advertisements reminiscent of old Hong Kong.

Vintage Mega Pinball Machine

Ever tried playing pinball with your feet? Give this vintage one a go!

San Miguel “Cantonese Fun Kick”

Test out your shuttlecock skills and learn Cantonese with this challenging game.

San Miguel Dry Land Dragon Boat Challenge

Come and watch as the dragon boat competition moves to dry land at the BeerFest! You can also test your own skills in the experience zone.

San Miguel Beer Drinking Competition#

So, you think you can drink? Prove it at the Guzzler Challenger beer drinking contest and win some cool prizes!
# Alcohol consumption is prohibited for persons under 18 years of age.

See programme rundown here.

There will be 14 food trucks parked at the venue throughout the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival period, cooking up everything from local street foods to international classics.

 Info
Date & Time:
2 June 2017 (Friday)4–10pm
3 June 2017 (Saturday)1–10pm
4 June 2017 (Sunday)1–10pm
Venue:
Central Harbourfront Event Space
Admission:
Free
Enquiry:
info@discoverhongkong.com

Participating food trucks and signature dishes:

Beef & Liberty

Beef & Liberty

The Notorious P.I.G.

Book Brothers

Book Brothers

American-style BBQ Meat in Steamed Bun

Canton Kitchen Dim Sum Expert

Canton Kitchen Dim Sum Expert

Big Chicken & Pork Bun

Chee Kei

Chee Kei

Braised Pork Ribs Bento Box

Creative Yummy

Creative Yummy

The Spaniard

Crunch Munch

Crunch Munch

BBQ Pork Crunch

Ho Yuen Express

Ho Yuen Express

Super Grilled Squid

Hung Fook Tong’s Food Truck

Hung Fook Tong’s Food Truck

Soup with Fish Maw and Dried Scallops

Ma Ma’s Dumpling

Ma Ma’s Dumpling

House Made Dumplings

Mein by Maureen

Mein by Maureen

Maureen Lo Mein

Pat Chun Saucy Truck

Pat Chun Saucy Truck

Sakura Shrimp Umami Sauce Fried Rice

Pineapple Canteen

Pineapple Canteen

Pineapple Bun with Fresh Cream & Pineapple

Princess Kitchen

Princess Kitchen

Dragon Fruit Bowl

W. Burger X Table Seven

Table Seven X W. Burger

Sorrowful Burger

Many dragon boat races will be held in different districts in Hong Kong. Come and join in the fun!

Hong Kong Island

Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships 2017
Stanley Dragon Boat Short Course Races 2017
2017 Aberdeen Dragon Boat Race

 

New Territories

Sha Tin Dragon Boat Race 2017
2017 Sai Kung Dragon Boat Race Gala
Tai Po District Dragon Boat Race 2017
Tuen Mun District Dragon Boat Race 2017

 

Outlying Islands

Dragon Boat Races in Lok Chau Wan, Lamma Island
Discovery Bay Dragon Boat Races and Carnival
Tai O Dragon Boat Racing Competition 2017
Cheung Chau Dragon Boat Races
Tai O Dragon Boats Racing Competition

Information is correct as of 12 April 2017 and subject to change by event organisers without prior notice.

Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month (30 May 2017).

It’s hard to imagine that the vibrancy of today’s colourful festivities has its origins in a tragedy that occurred 2,000 years ago. Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Tuen Ng Festival, commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chinese national hero. In a protest against corrupt rulers, Qu drowned himself in the Mi Lo River.

To scare away fish from eating his body, the townspeople beat drums and threw glutinous rice dumplings called zongzi into the water. Today, this event is remembered by Chinese people around the world, who eat zongzi and go swimming or at least dip their hands in rivers or lakes.

Dragon Boat Races

Dragon Boat Festival

The real highlight of the festival is the fierce-looking dragon boats racing in a lively, colourful spectacle. Teams race the elaborately decorated boats to the beat of heavy drums. The special boats, which measure more than 10 metres, have ornately carved and painted 'dragon' heads and tails, and each carries a crew of 20-22 paddlers. Participants train in earnest for the competition. Sitting two abreast, with a steersman at the back and a drummer at the front, the paddlers race to reach the finishing line, urged on by the pounding drums and the roar of the crowds.

Communities across Hong Kong will celebrate the festival with locally organised dragon boat races. Details of these events will become available closer to the festival date.

CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races

Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races Title Sponsor
China Construction Bank (Asia)
International Races Sponsors
Corelle Quality Tourism Services Association  
Races Sponsors    
Chevalier Group Federation Of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations Ltd RedBull
San Mig Light    
Official Beer Official Hotel
San Miguel Dorsett Tsuen Wan Tiger Balm
Official LED Screen Supplier Official Sound System Official Timer
INLED Tom Lee Music Seiko
Official Water Prize Sponsors  
vita KOS sunglasses  

Supporting Organisations

  • Agency for Volunteer Service
  • Asian Dragon Boat Federation
  • Auxiliary Medical Service
  • Civil Aid Service
  • Commerce and Economic Development Bureau
  • Customs and Excise Band
  • Fire Services Department
  • Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
  • HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College
  • Home Affairs Bureau
  • Home Affairs Department
  • Hong Kong Life Saving Society
  • Hong Kong Police Force
  • Hong Kong Sea Cadet Corps
  • Hong Kong Sea School
  • Immigration Department Volunteer Work Team
  • Information Services Department
  • International Dragon Boat Federation
  • Leisure and Cultural Services Department
  • Marine Department
  • Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
  • Scout Association of Hong Kong
  • Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
  • The Association of Hong Kong Civil Aid Service Volunteers, China
  • The Hong Kong Institution of Engineering Surveyors
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education
  • Transport Department