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.
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.
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 live entertainers, marching bands, lion dances!
And just as much part of the tradition are the concerts, the food trucks, the dragon boat games and simulators, the fancy dress competition, and even a man-made beach and splash area to round up the summer fun.
When and Where is the Dragon Boat Carnival 2020?
When?: 2020 Cancelled
Where?: Victoria Harbour, at the Central Waterfront.
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...
You can watch the races all along the Promenade on both sides of the Harbour. The course runs from Central Pier No. 10 to near the Citic Tower:
Dates and location are subject to change Fallback Date: N/A 2020 Cancelled, Fallback Venue: Shing Mun River in Shatin.
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...
This is a typical programme from previous years for reference:
- Overseas Teams Practice Sessions in the morning
- Opening Ceremony and Small Boat 200m Races in the afternoon. Races from Noon to approx. 6:00 pm
- Prize Presentation Ceremony
- Standard Boat 500m Races from 8:30 am to approx. 5:30 pm
- Prize Ceremony
- Standard Boat 500m Races from 8:30 am to approx. 4:30 pm
- Prize Ceremony
- Celebration Dinner - 6:30 pm
The tentative maximum racing distance is 500m, the exact racing distance could be shorter due to venue limitations.
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More Dragon Boat Races, Championships and Tournaments Throughout The Year
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 Stanley Dragon Boat Warm Up Races
Saturday May 23, 2020
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?: Saturday May 23, 2020, 8:00 a.m. - approx. 6:00 p.m.
Where?: Stanley Main Beach
Here's more on Stanley and making a Day Trip out of it!
More Info: www.dragonboat.org.hk
The Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival
Sunday May 17, 2020
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 12th 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 17, 2020, 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.
Here's more on Lamma Island and making a Day Trip out of it!
More Info: www.lamma500.com
Stanley Dragon Boat Short-Course Races
July 5, 2020
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 July 5, 2020, 8:00 a.m. - approx. 5:00 p.m.
Where?: Stanley Main Beach.
More Info: www.dragonboat.org.hk
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