These are our top picks for Hong Kong Festivals and Events for June 2012.
The Dragon Boat Festival is upon us and as usual, dragon boat races will be held throughout the territory. Here is a guide to the most popular spots to catch this colorful and exciting event.
In the Cultural front, the Chinese Opera Festival is kicking off this month and will run through August 2012.
Also check these Ongoing Hong Kong Culture Events during the month of June 2012 offering an array of FREE programmes ranging from tai chi classes, lion dance demonstrations, etc.
On the day of the Festival, races are held by the several Dragon Boat Associations throughout the territory. All events are free to the public.
These are some of the most popular sites for dragon boat races in Hong Kong during the Dragon Boat Festival. Races are ongoing just about the entire day at most locations, for further details check out our main Dragon Boat Festival page.
Although there are plenty more locations to catch a race on this day, these are easy and of interest for visitors to get to and are also usually in most travellers' "must see attractions".
What if you won't be here during Dragon Boat Festival? It doesn't mean you get to miss on all the excitement! Dragon Boat Racing has developed into quite a sport in Hong Kong. Races are conducted throughout the summer months and as late as October, including the high profile Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races in Victoria Harbour in July.
Here's more on When and Where to See Dragon Boat Races.
This priceless Ice Age relic, discovered in 2007 in present day Siberia, is estimated to have lived a mere 32 days. The body is almost 100% intact and is
on display now on loan from Russia's Shemanovsky Museum.
When?: May 14 - June 10, 2012
Where?: Hong Kong Science Museum Lobby
How Much? Free! Exhibition is at the Lobby, there is no admission fee to see the Baby Mammoth but fee for Museum applies.
A visit to Tai O, is a must for all travellers, and on this day, the town comes alive and you get to glimpse another
facet of this otherwise sleepy and tranquil town, don't miss it if you are around. Most of the festivities will be in the morning, so you
still have time to make it to the main races at Stanley or the other sites throughout Hong Kong, which normally end in the afternoon.
When?: June 23, 2012, 8:00 a.m. - approx. 2:00 p.m.
Where?: Tai O waterfront.
Here's more on the Tai O Water Parade.
Works representing every phase of Picasso's extensive career from his Blue, Rose, Cubist and Expressionist periods, selected from the Museum's permanent
collection, make this exhibition a first of its kind in Hong Kong and really worth a look for art enthusiasts.
Viewing sessions and tickets are in VERY limited supply, so plan ahead of time if you really want to see this!
When?: May 19 - July 22, 2012.
Where?: Hong Kong Heritage Museum
How Much? HK 20 but limited tickets for viewing sessions available.
Last phase of ticketing on June 15, 2012 Check out the official site below for Ticket Sales latest status and availability.
This art form has been around for centuries and to foster a better
understanding of this ancient art, the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural
Services Department brings the annual Chinese Opera Festival to the community.
If you have never experienced this unique kind of traditional art, this is your chance! The festival will offer daily stage performances by some of the leading Companies in the genre. Besides the stage performances, the festival also puts together an array of events from symposiums, Chinese Opera film screenings and exhibitions.
When?: June 15 - August 5, 2012
Where?: Stage Performances at various venues including a couple of locations very convenient to visitors:
How Much? Ticket prices vary depending on event.
More Info: Visit the official site of the Chinese Opera Festival.
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