Dragon Boat Race is a tradition on the Chinese festival – Duanwu Festival or Tuen Ng Festival. This day is said to memorize the ancient poet QuYuan. Every year on the fifth of the fifth Chinese Lunar year, people in China will celebrate it with eating Zongzi (rice dumpling wrapped in leaves), drinking realgar wine and watching dragon boat races. If you happened to spend Duanwu festival in Hong Kong, don’t miss to experience the special Hong Kong Duanwu festival. You can not only buy the Zongzi with different fillings from most of the restaurant or even on the street, but also attend the local dragon boat races. Every year on this day, there will be dragon boat races in different districts of Hong Kong. Why not go and take a look at this special atmosphere.
In general, the largest dragon boat event is in Stanley, because it is an international race with the people from around the world gathering here. Besides winning the dragon boat races, you can also win the prize for “Best Costume Award”. The race participants will dress to different characters, wearing unique clothes. It looks like a costume ball. There will be live commentary, either in English or in Cantonese.
Because the beach of Stanley is relatively small, we at Next Stop Hong Kong remind you to be prepared of “people mountain people sea”. Girls will spread the towel on the beach and lay down having sun bath. Don’t forget your swimming set that you can swim in the ocean.
Below is the fully scheduled time table for dragon boat races. It shows the importance of Dragon Boat Festival to Hong Kong people.
2011 Dragon Boat Races Timetable:
Hong Kong Island:
5th of June, 9:00am-4:00pm Eastern District Dragon Boat Race（in Cantonese）
6th of June, 8:00am-6:00pm Stanley International Dragon Boat Championship（in English and Cantonese）
6th of June, 8:30am-4:00pm 2011 Aberdeen Dragon Boat Race（in English and Cantonese）
6th of June, 7:30am-1:00pm 2011 Sha Tin Dragon Boat Race 2011（in Cantonese）
6th of June, 8:00am-1:30pm 2011 The Sai Kung Dragon Boat Races Gala（in Cantonese and Mandarin）
6th of June, 8:00am-1:00pm 2011 Tuen Mun District Dragon Boat Races 2011 (in Cantonese)
6th of June, 8:30am-1:00pm 2011 Tai Po District Dragon Boat Race 2011 (in Cantonese)
5th of June-6thof June, 11:00am-6:00pm 2011 Discovery bay Dragon Boat Carnival 2011（in Cantonese and Mandarin）
6th of June, 10:00am-4:30pm Cheung Chau Dragon Boat Races (in Cantonese)
6th of June, 10:00am-2:00pm Tai O Dragon Boat Race in Celebration of Tuen Ng Festival (in Cantonese)