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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival Highlights 2014

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival Highlights 2014

Follow the lead of Hong Kongers and make a party out of an ancient Chinese festival under the modern skyline of Victoria Harbour. 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-stopping 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 at the San Miguel BeerFest for ice-cold beer and rocking live music.

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

See photos and video highlights from the 2014 edition here:

Photo Gallery

3-5 July 2015

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.

3-5 July 2015 (Friday to Sunday)
3 July: Noon to 5pm
4 July: 8:30am to 6pm
5 July: 9am to 5pm
Victoria Harbour, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
 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.
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
  • ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS International Mixed Grand Championship
  • Quality Tourism Services Association International Women’s Grand Championship

International Championships

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

This year, we have among us a group of warriors – the breast cancer survivors (BCS). Crowned with the triumph of having defeated cancer, they will now vie for glory in the ‘International Breast Cancer Survivor Championship’, introduced in an effort to further promote the sport as a means to enhance physical and social wellbeing.

Since the first BCS dragon boat team ‘Abreast in a Boat’ was formed in 1996 as part of a study at the University of British Columbia on the impact of exercise on BCS, more and more BCS have found themselves benefiting from dragon boating, a sport that provides strenuous upper body activity in beautiful surroundings and a socially supportive environment which is now practised around the world.

Local Races

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

  • President Shield
  • Chairman Shield

Local Championships and Local Invitational Races
Local teams representing the banking sector, commercial corporations, professional bodies, disciplinary forces etc. will take part in the following races:

Local Championships

  • Sino Group Open Championship
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Mixed Championship
  • San Miguel Light Women’s Championship
  • Ngong Ping 360 Inter-Company Championship
  • Banking Championship
  • Junior U23 Championship
  • Senior O40 Championship

Local Invitational Races

  • CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Districts Championship
  • Professional Bodies Invitational Race
  • Professional Bodies Women’s Invitational Race
  • Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations Disciplinary Forces Invitational Race
  • Uniformed Youth Groups Championship
  • Post-secondary Schools Invitational Race
  • Post-secondary Schools Women’s Invitational Race

Remarks: Programme subject to change without prior notice.

More Fun and Games at the Dragon Boat Carnival

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 game will easily keep you busy throughout the day.

CCB (Asia) Dragon Boat Display and Paddle Parade

During the carnival, a dragon boat display and a paddle parade specially designed by local artists of the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong will be exhibited at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Come visit and take pictures with the boat and giant paddles!

CCB (Asia) Row for Charity

Experience dragon boating on dry land with a dragon boat simulator! The more mileage you and other participants clock up, the more China Construction Bank (Asia) will donate to the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong.

CCB (Asia) Dragon Boat Invitational Cup

Watch as title sponsor CCB (Asia) take on the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association and the Hong Kong Tourism Board in a water fight to the death (or finish line, whichever’s closest)!

Hong Kong Airlines Fancy Dress Race

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

Tug of War Fun Race

In this brand new event, two teams of paddlers on either ends of a boat will row in opposite directions to show off their strength and try to move the boat in their respective directions.

Roving Performances

A flamboyant cast of marching bands, clowns and assorted entertainers will add to the fun.

 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 both standard dragon boat races and small dragon boat races.

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.

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!

3-5 July (Friday to Sunday)
Noon to 9:30pm
UC Centenary Garden, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
 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.

San Miguel BeerFest Highlights

Top Acts at Live Band Performance

Live Music

Enjoy live open-air performances from popular musicians!
See programme rundown here.

Enjoy Cool San Miguel Beer

Enjoy Cool San Miguel Beer#

Savour fantastic beer from San Miguel and meet friends from around the world! Cheers!

# Alcohol consumption is prohibited for persons under 18 years of age.

San Miguel’s Hong Kong 3D Photo Zone

San Miguel’s Hong Kong 3D Photo Zone

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of San Miguel, the San Miguel’s Hong Kong 3D Photo Zone featuring neon signs, the San Miguel Dragon Boat and a provision store from the old days will be set up. Great photo opportunity!

San Miguel Dry Land Dragon Boat Challenge

San Miguel Dry Land Dragon Boat Challenge

Come and watch as the dragon boat competition moves to dry land! You can also test your own skills in the experience zone.

San Miguel Dry Land Dragon Boat Challenge

San Miguel Beer Drinking Competition#

So, you think you can drink? Prove it at the Guzzler Challenger beer drinking contest and win some cool prizes!

# Alcohol consumption is prohibited for persons under 18 years of age.

Win Prizes on Facebook

Win Prizes on Facebook

‘Like’ San Miguel’s Facebook page, come along and take photos at the San Miguel BeerFest, post them on your own Facebook wall and you could win great prizes!

Find out what’s new on

Many dragon boat races will be held in different districts in Hong Kong. Come and join the fun!

Hong Kong Island

Dragon Boat Races in Tai Tam Tuk
16th Deep Water Bay Dragon Boat Regatta
Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships
2015 Aberdeen Dragon Boat Race


New Territories

Kwai Tsing District Dragon Boat Invitation Races
Sha Tin Dragon Boat Race 2015
2015 Sai Kung Dragon Boat Race Gala
Tai Po District Dragon Boat Race 2015
Tuen Mun District Dragon Boat Race 2015


Outlying Islands

Dragon Boat Races in Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island
Mui Wo Dragon Boat Race Open 2015
Dragon Boat Races in Lok Chau Wan, Lamma Island
Discovery Bay Dragon Boat Races and Carnival
Tai O Dragon Boat Racing Competition 2015
Cheung Chau Dragon Boat Races
Tai O Dragon Boats Racing Competition

Information is correct as of 20 April 2015 and subject to change by event organisers without prior notice.

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.

It’s hard to imagine that the vibrancy and fun 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. See details here.

20 June 2015

CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races

Title Sponsor
China Construction Bank (Asia)
International Races Sponsors
Quality Tourism Services Association ZWILLING  
Local Races Sponsors    
Federatin Of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations Ltd Hong Kong Disneyland Ngong Ping 360
San Mig Light Sino Group  
Official Beer Official Carrier Official Muscle Pain Relief Product
San Miguel Hong Kong Airlines Tiger Balm
Official Sound System Official Timer Official Uniform
Tom Lee Music Seiko DOS Sportswear
Official Water Prize Sponsor  
vita nyne  

Supporting Organisations

  • Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
  • Architectural Services Department
  • Asian Dragon Boat Federation
  • Auxiliary Medical Service
  • Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
  • Civil Aid Service
  • Civil Engineering and Development Department
  • Commerce and Economic Development Bureau
  • Construction Industry Council
  • Correctional Services Department
  • Customs & Excise Department
  • Electrical & Mechanical Services Department
  • Fire Services Department
  • Government Flying Service
  • Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
  • Highways Department
  • Home Affairs Bureau
  • Home Affairs Department
  • Hong Kong, China Rowing Association
  • Hong Kong Adventure Corps
  • Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force
  • Hong Kong Cargo Vessel Traders’ Association Ltd
  • Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
  • Hong Kong Life Saving Society
  • Hong Kong Police Force
  • Hong Kong Sea Cadet Corps
  • Hong Kong Sea School
  • Hong Kong Uni-EAGer Association
  • Immigration Department Volunteer Work Team
  • Information Services Department
  • International Dragon Boat Federation
  • Lands Department
  • Leisure and Cultural Services Department
  • Marine Department
  • Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
  • Scout Association of Hong Kong
  • Sino Land Company Limited
  • Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
  • The Association of Hong Kong Civil Aid Service Volunteers, China
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Transport Department
  • Tsim Sha Tsui East Property Developers Association
  • Yau Tsim Mong District Council
  • Yau Tsim Mong District Office