Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival
In Hong Kong, an ancient Chinese festival has become one of the world’s greatest parties — the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. And every year, boats, beers and cheers draw hundreds of thousands of revellers and spectators to stunning Victoria Harbour.
Thousands of the world’s top dragon boat athletes battle it out in the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, while spectators and athletes recharge with cold beer and live entertainment at BeerFest.
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? BeerFest of course! Right next to all the racing action is a festival where athletes and spectators drink cold beer and enjoy live entertainment.
Sponsored by San Miguel in 2017, the event included some of Asia’s best-loved performers, a ‘dry land dragon boat challenge’ and a beer drinking competition. Stay tuned for details of
Only Hong Kong could take an ancient Chinese tradition and transform it into a modern sport and international party.
It 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.
In 2017, around 4,900 athletes representing 11 countries and regions competed in the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races. Representative dragon boat teams from different Hong Kong districts were also invited to take part, while the Fancy Dress Race brought some light-hearted fun.
Date & Time:
2 June 2017 (Friday) 12:30–5:30pm
3 June 2017 (Saturday) 8:30am to 5:30pm
4 June 2017 (Sunday) 8:30am to 5:30pm