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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2018 Highlights

 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2018 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!

Every year, 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 fill the harbour with heart-pounding action, a profusion of colour and the sounds of drummers and fans cheering paddlers on to the finish line.

Only Hong Kong could take an ancient Chinese tradition and transform it into a modern sport and international party. Check out the highlights below and experience it for yourself at the 2019 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival!

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Date:
14–16 June 2019
Venue:
To be confirmed
CCB (Asia) Hong Kong

It 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.

Join us in 2019 for a close look at tradition coming to life on Victoria Harbour!

 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!

The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month (7 June 2019).

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.

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