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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival Highlights 2013

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival Highlights 2013

In Hong Kong, an ancient Chinese festival has inspired one of the world’s greatest parties – the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. And this year, boats, beers and cheers will once again draw hundreds of thousands of revellers and spectators to the stunning Victoria Harbour.

The world’s top dragon boat athletes will be in Hong Kong for the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races – three days of intense racing that will fill the city’s iconic harbour with heart-stopping action, a profusion of colour and the sounds of drummers and fans urging paddlers on to the finish line.

There’ll be fun on dry land too with athletes and spectators winding down at the San Miguel BeerFest, where you can enjoy non-stop music, live entertainment and, of course, ice-cold beer. At the same time, roving performers will keep the harbour-side crowds entertained.

Taking an ancient Chinese tradition and transforming it into a modern sport and international party has Asia’s world city written all over it. Experience it for yourself at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival!

See photos and video highlights from the 2013 event!

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Date:
6–8 June 2014
 
 
Hong Kong Asia's World City
  Supported by
Sponsored by Mega Events Fund Tourism Commission
Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races
Title Sponsor
Official Beer
China Construction Bank (Asia) San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong Limited
  Supported by
10th Anniversary Major Sports Event Major Sports Events Committee
Organiser Co-organiser
Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association Hong Kong Tourism Board

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 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, thousands of athletes from all over the world will compete in Victoria Harbour, 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.

 Info
Date:
6–8 June 2014
Venue:
Victoria Harbour, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Admission:
Free
 
 How to get there:
  • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit G, walk along Mody Road towards the East Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront for about 15 minutes;
  • MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit P1;
  • Star Ferry from either Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui. Turn right after alighting from the ferry and walk along the waterfront for about 15 minutes.
 

San MiguelYou 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, there is a party where dragon boat athletes and spectators mingle to live music, 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. And don’t forget to check out the actual dragon boat races too! Cheers!

 Info
Date:
6-8 June 2014
Venue:
UC Centenary Garden, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Admission:
Free
 
 How to get there:
  • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit G, walk along Mody Road towards the East Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront for about 15 minutes;
  • MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit P2.
 
About Traditional 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 of today’s colourful festivities has its origins in a tragedy that occurred 2,000 years ago. The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the 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

The real highlight of the festival is the fierce-looking dragon boats racing in a lively, vibrant spectacle. Teams race the elaborately decorated dragon 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 are coming soon!

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Date:
2 June 2014
 

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