Hong Kong to Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival on May 30th

Being a traditional and important Chinese holiday, Dragon Boat Festival (AKA Duanwu Festival) is celebrated in memory of the patriotic ancient poet Qu Yuan, and features thrilling dragon boat racing as well as delicious sticky rice dumplings.

In 2017, the Dragon Boat Festival falls on May 30th. There is nowhere else is like Hong Kong, which hosts a series of events and dragon boat races throughout June, and attracts hundreds of international dragon boat teams to come here to race.

Generally, there are 30-60 people sitting in the long narrow wooden boat, which is decorated in the form of a Chinese dragon. During the races, the teams of paddlers race the boats harmoniously and hurriedly, accompanied by the sound of beating drums down to the finish line. 

When and Where to See the Dragon Boat Races in Hong Kong?

The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races will last 3 days (June 2nd-4th, 2017) on Victoria Harbour.

The Victoria Harbour
The Victoria Harbour will be jam-packed with hot dragon boat races in these 3 days.

Besides the races on Victoria Harbour, on the very day of the Dragon Boat Festival (May 30th, 2017), there are some attractive sites for dragon boat races and interesting places for visitors. All events are free to the public except for the Discovery Bay Dragon Boat Races and Carnival.

SunLife Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships
Stanley Main Beach
When: 8:00 a.m. to approx.6:00 p.m.

Water Parade in Tai O 's Dragon Boat Festival
Where: Tai O waterfront
When: 8:00 a.m. to approx. 2:00 p.m.

Aberdeen Dragon Boat Races
Aberdeen Promenade/Aberdeen West Typhoon Shelter
When: 8:00 a.m. to approx. 6:00 p.m.

Cheung Chau Dragon Boat Festival
Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter
When: 10:00 a.m. to approx. 4:00 p.m.

Saikung Dragon Boat Festival

Saikung Town Waterfront
When: 8:00 a.m. to approx. 2:00 p.m.

Sha Tin Dragon Boat Races
Shing Mun River, (starting close to Banyan Bridge and ending close to Sha Yin Bridge) Sha Tin in the New Territories
When: 8:00 a.m. to approx. 1:00 p.m.

Discovery Bay Dragon Boat Races and Carnival
Tai Pak Beach, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island
When: 8:00 a.m. to approx. 3:30 p.m.
Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island
When: 10:30 a.m. to approx. 6:30 p.m.
Entrance fee/p: HK$20

During this traditional festival, in addition to watching the dragon boat races, you will also have a chance to have a taste of traditional food for the festival like sticky rice dumplings and realgar wine.

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