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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2015 Highlights

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2015 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!

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 alike at the San Miguel BeerFest for ice-cold beer and rocking live music. Bringing kids? Don’t miss the new Family Zone’s interactive activities and roving entertainment.

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

See photo and video highlights from the 2015 edition here:

Photo Gallery

10–12 June 2016 (Friday to Sunday)
Central Harbourfront
 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

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.

This year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races and the silver jubilee of Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association, the event will take place at a new and even bigger venue at Central’s harbourfront, 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.

International Races

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

  • International Open Grand Championship
  • International Mixed Grand Championship
  • 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
Local Races

Local teams representing banking and commercial corporations, professional bodies, disciplinary forces etc. will take part in the following races:

Local Championships

  • Open Championship
  • Mixed Championship
  • Women’s Championship
  • Inter-company Championship
  • Banking Championship
  • Junior U23 Championship

Local Invitational Races

  • CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Districts Invitational Race
  • Professional Bodies Invitational Race
  • Disciplinary Forces Invitational Race
  • Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association 25th Silver Jubilee Large Boat Invitational Race
  • Uniformed Youth Groups Invitational Race
  • Post-secondary Schools Invitational Race

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

  • President Shield
  • Chairman Shield

Remarks: Programme schedule will be available at the end May, and it is subject to change without prior notice.

More Fun and Games at the Dragon Boat Carnival

As tense as the competition can be on the water, ashore it’s one big carnival. 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 easily keep you busy throughout the day.

CCB (Asia) Dragon Boat Invitational Cup

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

Fancy Dress Race

Local and overseas teams will compete for the Best Costume Award.

 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 dragon boat races both standard and small.

San Miguel

You are at the waterfront. Drums are beating, muscles are twitching and boats are slicing through the waters of Victoria Harbour to the finish line. Now where will you wind down from all the adrenaline of watching the dragon boat races? The San Miguel BeerFest of course! Right next to all the racing action is a festival where athletes and spectators mingle to live music performances, dance and enjoy jugs of refreshing beer.

Come for a few cold ones and soak up the party atmosphere. Stay to meet new friends, dance the day away. Don’t forget to check out the actual dragon boat races too! Cheers!

  • Band performance
  • Beer drinking competition
  • Beer booths
  • Games booths

The new Family Zone will feature experiential games and interactive activities, including giant inflatable, boats and rollers, tattoo stickers, face/body painting and roving entertainment for hours of fun.

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. You can find the Western calendar date here.

It’s hard to imagine that the vibrancy and fun of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival has its origins in a tragedy that occurred 2,000 years ago. The 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 'zong' into the water. Today, this event is remembered by Chinese people around the world, who eat zong and beat drums on dragon boat races.

Dragon Boat Races

The real highlight of the festival is the fierce-looking dragon boats with ornately carved and painted ‘dragon’ heads and tails, racing in a lively, vibrant spectacle to the beat of heavy drums. Earnestly trained paddlers race to reach the finish 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.

9 June 2016

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