Tuen Ng Festival, also known as the Dragon Boat Festival is a statutory holiday of Hong Kong which falls on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar. The festival has a tragic and romantic origin that a poet called Qu Yuan drowned himself to the river 2000 years ago. Locals who admired him beat drums on sailing boats and threw dumplings into the river so that fish won’t eat his body.
Today, Hong Kongers still celebrate the festival by taking part in fierce and competitive dragon boat races. From 3rd to 5th July, thousands of international elite athletes will participate in exciting races right in Victoria Harbour. With vibrant painted and carved boats, pounding drums and massive number of paddlers, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival attracts a large crowd of speculators. Other than races, there will also be dragon boat exhibition, fancy costume competition and live performances. All events are free to public.
If you need some refreshing after watching heart-stopping races, do come to BeerFest which is right next to the racing location! Cool down yourself with cold beer and enjoy partying at the waterfront. Get entertained with popular bands and singers throughout the weekend with jugs of beer. Not thrilling enough? Join the beer drinking contest which is certainly a highlight of the event!
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival
Date: 3-5 July 2015 (Friday to Sunday)
Time: 3 July: 12:00 noon to 5:00pm
4 July: 8:30am to 6:00pm
5 July: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Venue: Victoria Harbour, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
San Miguel BeerFest
Date: 3-5 July (Friday to Sunday)
Time: 12:00 noon to 9:30pm
Venue: UC Centenary Garden, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon