2008 News Archive - Holidays - See Hong Kong's dragons

04 06 2007

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of Hong Kong's most treasured traditions and provides visitors with a spectacle that shows this city's vibrancy and spirit like no other.

Over 100 teams from all over the globe congregate for this fiercely fought competition between the long and graceful dragon boats.

The main competition takes place on the Shing Mun River in the New Territories and attracts thousands of viewers to witness the brightly coloured craft face off.

To beat of heavy drums, the boats, each over ten metres in length, are propelled through the water by teams of 20 to 22 rowers.

The festival takes place on June 19th, when Hong Kong is usually sweltering through one of its hot, humid summers.

Being remembered is the death of the Chinese hero Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in the Mi Lo River to protest against government corruption.

Visitors will find Hong Kong to be a wonderland of bright lights, tasty food, bustling streets and perhaps the best nightlife in the world.

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