Every Mid-Autumn Festival, the quaint neighbourhood of Tai Hang comes alive as a glowing dragon — carried by over 300 performers — dances through the streets for three nights. This fascinating tradition of Hong Kong dates back to the 19th century, when residents of the then small Hakka village combated a plague with a fire dragon dance, accompanied by roaring gongs and drums. Today, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance is officially listed as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage, and continues to attract crowds for the blazing spectacle each year.
16-18 September 2024
Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
(Best vantage point: Wun Sha Street)
How did the fire dragon dance parade come about? Who are the people behind this century-old ritual? We spoke with Chan Tak-fai ‘Fai Gor’, the late commander-in-chief and organiser of the dance, as well as a long-time performer to get the inside scoop.