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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2016 Highlights

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2016 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!

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the 2017 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival will take an even bigger stage at Central Harbourfront, with Hong Kong’s iconic skyline as the backdrop.

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. Come time to wind down, join athletes and spectators alike at the San Miguel BeerFest for ice-cold beer and rocking live music. A fleet of food trucks will also be parked at the venue throughout the carnival period, cooking up local as well as international foods to satisfy all appetites. Bringing kids? Don’t miss various interactive activities and roving entertainment.

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

See photo and video highlights from the 2016 edition here:

Photo Gallery

2–4 June 2017
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.

In support of:
HKSAR 20th Anniversary

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.

The races will be held in Victoria Harbour, Central again this year. As always, it promises to be a thrilling event in the home of modern dragon boat racing.

International Races

International Grand Championships
Top local teams will compete with international teams 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
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*

* Includes local teams

Local Races

Local Championships & Invitational Races
Local teams representing the 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
  • Professionals Bodies Championship
  • Universities Championship

Local Invitational Races

  • CCB (Asia) Dragon Boat Invitational Cup
  • Disciplinary Forces Invitational Race
  • Uniformed Youth Groups Invitational Race

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

  • President Shield
20th Anniversary Trophy

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, representative dragon boat teams from different Hong Kong Districts will compete for glory.

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.

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. What’s more? Plentiful games await you!

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

Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month (30 May 2017).

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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