Hong Kong hosts boat races

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 30 May 2017: Hong Kong’s annual Dragon Boat Festival gets underway 2 June for three days of boat races on the famous harbour as well as carnival celebrations along the Central Habourfront.

Traditionally known as Tuen Ng Festival, it pays tribute to Qu Yuan, a great poet in the Zhou Dynasty on the 5th day of the fifth month on Lunar calendar.

Paddlers dress up in fancy ‘uniform’ trying to attract audience’s eyeballs.

Hong Kong’s version combines dragon boat races with party elements to turn the event into three-day carnival that closes 4 June.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, which will see the carnival expanded.

Highlights:

International dragon boat races in the heart of the city.

Over 5,000 paddlers from Australia, New Zealand, UK, US, Canada, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Mainland China and Hong Kong will compete for a total of 27 championships at the famous Victoria Harbour.

Fun and creative races include a special obstacle race “Red Bull Dragon Roar” and the “Fancy Dress Race” on 4 Jun.

Music, beers and food trucks supply the carnival carbs. For the first time, 14 food trucks will gather at the venue serving local delicacies, including the festive rice dumplings.

Singers and DJs will grace the stage at the San Miguel BeerFest, where beers and music further elevates the summer heat.

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