Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

In the 19th century, the people of Tai Hang began performing a dragon dance to stop a run of bad luck afflicting their village. More than a century later, their village has been all but swallowed up by Hong Kong’s fast-growing city. But the dragon keeps on dancing. It has even danced its way onto China’s third national list of intangible cultural heritage.

All this started a few days before the Mid-Autumn Festival, sometime around 100 years ago. First a typhoon slammed into the fishing and farming community of Tai Hang. This was followed by a plague, and then when a python ate the villagers’ livestock, they said enough was enough. A soothsayer decreed the only way to stop the chaos was to stage a fire dance for three days and nights during the upcoming festival. The villagers made a huge dragon from straw and covered it with incense sticks, which they then lit. Accompanied by drummers and erupting firecrackers, they did what they were told and danced for three days and three nights – and the plague disappeared.

Tai Hang may no longer be a village, but its locals still recreate the fiery ancient ritual to this day with a whopping dragon that is not to be taken lightly! The commemorative performance wends its way in fire, smoke and festive fury through the backstreets of Tai Hang over three moon-fuelled days. Check out the fire dragon dance as well as an array of festive happenings around Hong Kong — details here.

In support of:
HKSAR 20th Anniversary

3–6 October 2017
Around 8:15–10:30pm, 3–5 October
Around 8:15–10pm, 6 October
Tai Hang, Causeway Bay
(Best vantage point: Wun Sha Street)
See the parade route map
+852 2577 2649
On 4 October, the performance will also be held at Victoria Park at around 10:45–11:30pm.

The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance is traditionally held for three days and nights during the festival. To enable more visitors to experience this local traditional, the event will be extended for one more night this year.
How to get there
Tai Hang: MTR Tin Hau Station, Exit A1. Cross King's Road and turn right. Walk straight to the second junction on the left to enter Tung Lo Wan Road, which leads to the Tai Hang area.

Victoria Park: MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit E, walk along Great George Street to the park; or MTR Tin Hau Station Exit A2, turn left at exit and enter the park from Hing Fat Street.
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