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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 cheering paddlers on to the finish line. Quench the summer heat with water games by the sand and beers, and fill your stomach with local and international bites at the fleet of food trucks.

See photo and video highlights from the 2017 edition here:

Photo Gallery

22–24 June 2018
Central Harbourfront Event Space
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Free Admission
 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.

CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races is recognised as an “M” Mark Event by the Major Sports Events Committee.

Date & Time:
22 June 2018 (Friday)12:30–6pm
23 June 2018 (Saturday)8:30am to 5pm
24 June 2018 (Sunday)8:30am to 4:30pm
Victoria Harbour, Central

Race Categories

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:

  • CCB (Asia) International Open Grand Championship
  • International Mixed Grand Championship
  • International Women’s Grand Championship

International Championships :

  • International Open Championship
  • International Mixed Championship
  • International Women’s Championship
  • International Cancer Survivors’ Championship
  • International Paradragon Championship
Local Races

Local Championships

  • Open Championship
  • Mixed Championship
  • San Mig Light Women’s Championship
  • Inter-Company Championship
  • CCB (Asia) Banking Championship
  • Youth Championship cum HKCDBA Chairman Shield

Local Invitational Races

  • CCB (Asia) HKCEA Dragon Boat Invitational Race
  • Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations Disciplinary Forces Invitational Race
  • QTSA X Black & White HK Style Milk Tea Trophy
  • Hong Kong Airlines – Hong Kong Trophy

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

  • President Shield
Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Region Invitational Race

Eleven teams from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao area will compete for the coveted Greater Bay Area Trophy for the very first time in Hong Kong.

  • Greater Bay Area Trophy
Special Races

Elite Partners Fancy Dress Competition

 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!

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.

Date & Time:
22 June 2018 (Friday)1–8pm
23 & 24 June 2018 (Saturday and Sunday) 10am to 8pm
Central Harbourfront Event Space
Water Games by the Sand

Water Games by the Sand
Soak up the sun by the sand against beautiful Victoria Harbour and enjoy splashing fun with water guns.

Sunset Concert

Sunset Concert
Relax with music performances after the exciting dragon boat races.

List of performers:
23 June
Another Kitchen, Blaster, Subyub Lee,
ChinTung Tse & ChinLui Tse
24 June
Jules O’Brien, Mr. Wally, per se, Site Access

Food Trucks Gala

Food Trucks Gala
Hungry? Pop by the fleet of 14 food trucks serving up international bites.

CCB (Asia) ‘Hong Kong Spirit’ Dragon Boat Display

CCB (Asia) ‘Hong Kong Spirit’ Dragon Boat Display
CCB (Asia) has once again appointed Liu Tung Mui, an artist from the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK), to design a special dragon boat under the theme of ‘Hong Kong Spirit’. This piece of artwork will be displayed along with figurines designed by ADAHK Angel Apple Tong, so be sure to see them all!

CCB (Asia) Row for Charity

CCB (Asia) Row for Charity
Experience dragon boating on dry land with a dragon boat simulator and support artists with disabilities at ‘Row for Charity’, the highlight activity presented by China Construction Bank (Asia)! The more mileage you clock up, the more support the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong gets from the bank!

San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong Ltd. 70 Years in Hong Kong – Promotion Tricycle

San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong Ltd. 70 Years in Hong Kong – Promotion Tricycle
Try Hong Kong-brewed San Miguel beer, take a selfie with a vintage tricycle and check out the limited-edition ‘Hong Kong District Cans’ and t-shirts!

Elite Partners Fancy Dress Competition

Elite Partners Fancy Dress Competition
Local and overseas teams will compete for the Best Costume Award in an eye-catching event.

Interactive Activities

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

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 2018
18 June 2018
8am to 5pm
Stanley Main Beach
Cantonese and English
+852 2813 0564 / +852 2813 2586
 How to get there
  • MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D and take bus 6, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square, Central to Stanley; or,
  • take bus 973 from Silvercord, Tsim Sha Tsui to Stanley.
Stanley Dragon Boat Short Course Races 2018
2018 Aberdeen Dragon Boat Race


New Territories

Sha Tin Dragon Boat Race 2018
2018 Sai Kung Dragon Boat Race Gala
Tai Po District Dragon Boat Race 2018
Tuen Mun District Dragon Boat Race 2018


Outlying Islands

Dragon Boat Races in Lok Chau Wan, Lamma Island
Discovery Bay Dragon Boat Races 2018
Tai O Dragon Boat Racing Competition 2018
Cheung Chau Dragon Boat Races
Tai O Dragon Boats Racing Competition

Information is correct as of 10 May 2018 and subject to change by event organisers without prior notice.

 By LUXE City Guides


Hong Kong’s Dragon Boat Festival might have roots in ancient Chinese folklore, but today it’s better known for the colourful, lively race days held across the region. Traditionally held on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the lunar calendar (18 June in 2018), the annual event sees Hongkongers flock to beaches and waterfronts to watch teams battle it out to the rapid beating of drums. An international event showcasing the world’s greatest dragon boat paddlers takes place over the weekend of 22-24 June. Should you be in the Fragrant Harbour during the festivities, here are our suggestions on where to watch all the action. On your marks, get set … go!

Stanley Bay: Party on the beach

Stanley Bay: Party on the beach

Although dragon boat races are held across Hong Kong – in watery areas as diverse as Sha Tin, Lantau Island and Aberdeen – Stanley Bay on the south of Hong Kong Island is the perennial favourite for its day-long race agenda and party atmosphere. Head there early if you want to nab a spot on the beach; linger late to join the teams celebrating at one of the many bars and restaurants along the promenade (though be warned, it gets a tad raucous as the evening wears on). Take a hat, sun block and plenty of water – you’ll thank us later.

Stanley Dragon Boat Races
Stanley Main Beach, Stanley, South Side, Hong Kong Island
 How to get there
  • MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D and take bus 6, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square, Central to Stanley; or,
  • take bus 973 from Silvercord, Tsim Sha Tsui to Stanley.

Victoria Harbour: Fun for all the family

The spectacular three-day CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races sees teams from across the world competing in the women’s, men’s and mixed categories. Beyond the demonstrations of sporting prowess is a buzzy, carnival atmosphere aided by ample supplies of beer, food and entertainment, plus activities for all ages.

Aberdeen Harbour: Laidback and local

Aberdeen Harbour: Laidback and local

Offering a more traditional take on the event, Aberdeen Harbour is host to races viewed from the designated standing area dockside. Craft your own paper dragon boat at one of the fun workshop booths and pick up refreshments across the road in Aberdeen Centre. Good for a more low-key and local experience.

Aberdeen Dragon Boat Races
Aberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong Island
 How to get there
  • MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D and take bus 70 from Exchange Square Bus Terminus to Aberdeen Promenade.

Hire a Junk: Up close and personal

If you prefer to get close to the action (and have plenty of friends in tow), hiring a junk is a marvellous way to see the races. Hong Kong Yachting has 25 individual junks and yachts for rental, with all-inclusive catering or boat-only deals. Vessels Jungle Jane and Tarzan host 45 or 55 people respectively, and have a range of attractions on board from king-size sunbeds and bean bags to inflatable slides. Your biggest challenge is keeping an eye on the races.

For a more budget-friendly option, no-frills Jubilee boasts a large selection of junks of all shapes and sizes, with on-board open bars and the choice of Chinese or Western menus. Throw in karaoke, a sound system or even mahjong games and anchors aweigh...

Hike Violet Hill and The Twins: A view from above

Hong Kong Island’s infamous three-peak hike is not for the faint of heart or the fitness challenged, but should you fancy a glute-busting work out, the steep descent from The Twins affords fantastic, bird’s-eye views of the dragon boat racing in Stanley Bay. Not only do you see (and hear) the entire race from above, it’s ideal if you want to avoid the hordes on the beach.

Violet Hill and The Twins (Wilson Trail Section 1)
Tai Tam Reservoir Road, Hong Kong Island
 How to get there
  • Take bus 6 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D) and alight at Wong Nai Chung Gap Road. Walk up Tai Tam Reservoir Road; the start of the trail is just over 1 km on the right

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.

CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races

Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races Title Sponsor
China Construction Bank (Asia)
Races Sponsors    
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hkairlines San Mig Light  
Official Beer Official Hotels  
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Official LED Screen Supplier Official Sound System Official Timer
INLED Tom Lee Music Seiko
Official Water    
Product Sponsors    
binggrae QTSA tiger-balm
Prize Sponsor    
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 Federation of Youth Groups
  • 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
  • Transport Department