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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2017 Highlights

 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2017 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-pounding action, a profusion of colour and the sounds of drummers and fans urging paddlers on to the finish line. Quench the summer heat with water games on the sand and beers, and fill your stomach with local and international bites at the fleet of food trucks.

Stay tuned for more details on this year’s Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival!

See photo and video highlights from the 2017 edition here:

Photo Gallery

 Info
Date:
22–24 June 2018
Venue:
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 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.

This year, the races will be held in Victoria Harbour from 22-24 June. As always, it promises to be a thrilling event in the home of modern dragon boat racing.

Race Categories

  Category Entry Fee
(Per Team Per Category)
Standard Boat International Open Championship Not applicable. For overseas teams only.
International Mixed Championship Not applicable. For overseas teams only.
International Women’s Championship Not applicable. For overseas teams only.
International Paradragon Championship HK$3,200*
Open Championship HK$3,200
Mixed Championship HK$3,200
Women’s Championship HK$3,200
Inter-Company Championship HK$3,200
Banking Championship HK$3,200
Professional Bodies Championship HK$3,200
Youth Championship cum HKCDBA Chairman Shield HK$1,700
Greater Bay Area Trophy By invitation only
Disciplinary Forces Invitational Race By invitation only
Hong Kong Trophy By invitation only
CCB (Asia) Dragon Boat Invitational Cup By invitation only
Fancy Dress Competition Open to teams participating in any race
Small Boat International Open Championship Not applicable. For overseas teams only.
International Mixed Championship Not applicable. For overseas teams only.
International Women’s Championship Not applicable. For overseas teams only.
International Cancer Survivors’ Championship HK$1,700*
Open Championship HK$1,700
Mixed Championship HK$1,700
Women’s Championship HK$1,700

* Entry fee will be waived for teams from overseas

For more information, please click here.

 Info
Date & Time:
22–24 June 2018 (Friday to Sunday)
Hotline:
+852 2110 0398 (9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays)
Enquiry Email:
hkdbc2018@hktb.com
 How to Participate
  • Online registration for team managers of local and overseas dragon boat teams will be available from 10am, 5 March to 11:59pm, 19 March 2018 (Hong Kong Time, GMT+8). Registration will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
More Fun and Games at the Dragon Boat Carnival

As tense as the competition can be on the water, ashore it’s a carnival all engulfed with merriment. 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 and happy throughout the day.

Fancy Dress Competition

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

Interactive Activities

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 dragon boat races both standard and small. Click the pictures to find the differences of the races!

The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month (18 June 2018).

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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