Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2016

The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races
San Miguel Beer Fest
Victoria Harbour - June 10 - 12, 2016
Event Has Moved This Year To The Central Waterfront!

Dragon Boat Racing is serious business in Hong Kong. Chances of catching a race or a training session at the very least, is excellent in the summer months.

If you happen to miss the Dragon Boat Festival, there is another major racing event, the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races which are sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association.

Dragon Boat Races in Victoria Harbour

This is a three-day event jam-packed with hot dragon boat action right on Victoria Harbour, also known as the Dragon Boat Carnival, and a Carnival it is...

These races along with the Stanley Dragon Boat Championships, is one of the top events in the global dragon boat-racing calendar.

International teams as well as local and company sponsored teams compete in one of the most prestigious of tournaments.

Dragon Boat Races in Victoria Harbour

And it is not just about the racing, the Dragon Boat Carnival is one huge massive party in the waterfront with one of the world's most gorgeous skylines as backdrop together with clowns, entertainers, marching bands, lion dances!

And just as much part of the tradition is the San Miguel Beerfest tents, an event that grows bigger every year. There will be live music featuring some of the most popular bands in Hong Kong, singing, dancing and of course, San Miguel Beer!

When and Where is the Dragon Boat Carnival 2016?

Where?: Victoria Harbour, at the Central Waterfront.

All the action will be happening on the Hong Kong Island side this year. Look for the beer tents, game booths, food and kids zone along the waterfront and the Promenade Event Space near the Observation Wheel, just follow the crowds...

Note that the tents and carnival have moved from the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade and UC Centenary Garden where they were set up in previous years.

You can watch the races all along the Promenades on both sides of the Harbour. The course runs from Central Pier No. 10 to near the Citic Tower:

When?: Friday - Sunday June 10 - 12, 2016 Dates and location are subject to change Fall back race days July 2 - 3, 2016. Alternate venue if necessary is at the Shing Mun River in Shatin, New Territories.

Races:

4,000 rowers competing for a total of 24 championships! Check out the fancy outfits as teams of paddlers dress up to out do each other...

Dragon Boat Races in Victoria Harbour

  • Friday
    • Overseas Teams Practice Sessions in the morning
    • Opening Ceremony and Small Boat 200m Races in the afternoon. Races from Noon to 5:30 pm
    • Prize Presentation Ceremony

  • Saturday
    • Standard Boat 400m Races from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
    • Prize Ceremony

  • Sunday
    • Standard Boat 400m Races from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
    • Prize Ceremony
    • Celebration Dinner - 6:30 pm at Paramount International Banquet Hall

Dragon Boat Races in Victoria Harbour Awards Ceremony

BeerFest:

Live Music and DJs, Beer Drinking Competition, Game Booths...

  • Friday - 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • Saturday - 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • Sunday - 11:00 am - 9:30 pm

Dragon Boat Races in Victoria Harbour BeerFest

Kids/Family Zone:

Interactive games and activities, bounce houses, face-painting, roving performers...

  • Friday - 11:00 am -5:30 pm
  • Saturday - 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sunday - 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

Dragon Boat Races in Victoria Harbour at the Promenade

More Info:

Check out this short promo video for the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival and BeerFest 2016, enjoy!

More Dragon Boat Races, Championships and Tournaments

There is also a number of races throughout the year that are equally fun to watch specially if you have never experienced this sport.

The Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival
May 1st, 2016

Lamma Dragon Boat Festival at the Beach

Staged on Lamma Island's Tai Wan To Beach, near Yung Shue Wan, the race best-known by its short handle, "The Lamma 500" for its International-race standard 500-metre course length, is a celebration of Hong Kong's Dragon Boat history.

Now on its tenth year, the Lamma 500 International Dragon Boat Festival takes place at Tai Wan To Beach, the home of the Lamma Dragons and the Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club in Lamma Island.

The Lamma 500 is one of the most challenging and competitive races on the Hong Kong dragon boat calendar. It offers a deep, fast-water course, set against the incredible backdrop of one of the territory's highest peaks, Mount Stenhouse.

Besides an exciting day of dragon boat action, including Men's, Women's and Junior Crews (12 to 17), there is the beach-side after party following the races, or you can head into the Village for dinner and festive drinks along with the many participants.

When?: Sunday May 1st, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - approx. 6:00 p.m.
Where?: Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma Island. Take the Ferry from Central Pier 4 to Yung Shue Wan. The ferry takes 25 minutes. The walk to the beach will take approximately another 15-20 minutes.
More Info: www.lamma500.com

The Stanley Dragon Boat Warm Up Races
May 14, 2016

Warm Up Dragon Boat Races

Taking place a few weeks before the Festival, this is a great chance to take a peek at what is to come.

The Warm Up races differ a bit from the regular races, the course is shorter and the number of paddlers is limited to 18, but although on a smaller scale, it is still a very exciting fun-filled day of dragon boat racing with the same action-packed festival atmosphere and enthusiasm as the main events.

When?: May 14, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - approx. 5:00 p.m.
Where?: Stanley Main Beach.
More Info: www.dragonboat.org.hk

Stanley Dragon Boat Short-Course Races
June 19, 2016

Stanley Short Dragon Boat Races

Celebrated after the main races of the Tuen Ng festival, as the name suggests, the races are on a shorter course, only 200 meters.

When?: Sunday June 19, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - approx. 5:00 p.m.

Where?: Stanley Main Beach.

More Info: www.dragonboat.org.hk

The Stanley Dragon Boat Autumn Rally - TBA

Last chance for some racing action before the weather starts cooling off!

These are standard races with 18 paddlers, 1 drummer, 1 steerer, in the three regular categories Men, Ladies and Mixed.

When?: TBA 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where?: Stanley Main Beach.

More Info: www.dragonboat.org.hk

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