Dragon Boat Festival

It’s an official holiday here in Hong Kong today for Dragon Boat festival, also known as Tuen Ng Festival. The main attraction of the festival is the fierce dragon boats racing. We woke up early this morning and headed to Stanley beach for the Stanley Dragon Boat Championships. It was cloudy and raining in the morning but as we reached the beach it stopped raining. We could see the excited crowd and racing boats colourfully decorated, with dragon heads and tails. Each boat had a drummer and 20 to 22 crew paddlers. We enjoyed the day watching dragon boats race, had some delicious Chinese food, did some shopping in Stanley Market and went to Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Here are some photos I’ve taken.

A dragon boat

Crowd at Stanley beach

More crowd watching the race

A foreign team getting ready for the race

A local Chinese team getting ready for the race

Rowing fast to the finish

Oops.. a boat drowned with all it’s crew

Close to finish

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