Hong Kong celebrates 40 years of dragon boat racing

Participants compete in a dragon boat race during the annual Tuen Ng or Dragon Boat Festival at Aberdeen in Hong Kong, China, June 20, 2015. ― Reuters pic
Participants compete in a dragon boat race during the annual Tuen Ng or Dragon Boat Festival at Aberdeen in Hong Kong, China, June 20, 2015. ― Reuters pic

HONG KONG, June 9 — Hong Kong celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival this year with three days of racing and parties in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of International Dragon Boat Races which promises excitement and fun for all.

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Tuen Ng Festival, is a traditional Chinese festival which honours the memory of Qu Yuan, a great poet in the Zhou Dynasty.
It is celebrated across the globe on every fifth day of May on the Lunar calendar.

Hong Kong, as Asia’s World City with well-kept Chinese traditions, once again promises an exciting and fun Festival to visitors.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of International Dragon Boat Races, the Dragon Boat Carnival, which takes place from June 10-12, will welcome over 4,000 passionate paddlers from around the world competing in races in the famous Victoria Harbour. The energetic races will be joined by all-day parties in nearby San Miguel BeerFest, where beers and music further elevate the summer heat!

Highlights this year

- Big scale races at the heart of city: The three-day races will take place in the heart of Hong Kong at Victoria Harbour with a total of 4,000 athletes competing for 24 championships.
- Fun and creative race: Paddlers dress up in fancy team ‘costumes’ vying for attention with unique outfits.
- Great music, beers, party: Local and international singers and DJs will grace the stage at the San Miguel BeerFest, to wind down from the adrenaline rush of watching the exciting dragon boat races. — Reuters

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