Hear The Roar of Malaysian Dragons in Hong Kong!

Blogged by @Joehairie
For Hong Kong Tourism Board
Malaysian teams to be part of thunderous atmosphere at annual
Dragon Boat Festival celebrations in Hong Kong

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The Dragon Boat Festival season breathes fire in Hong Kong each year with sunny summer skies and adrenaline-pumping dragon boat races. Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and co-organised by the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association (HKCDBA), the Carnival will return in its 9th edition from 22 to 24 June at the Central Harbourfront and Victoria Harbour. Feel the thunderous boom of beating drums while dozens of sleek dragon boats splash towards victory in a three-day Carnival featuring local delicacies, music and entertainment.

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Over 4,500 athletes, forming the largest number of overseas teams ever, will compete in Victoria Harbour

Malaysian dragon boat teams, Pacific West Dragon Boat and Pink Challengers will be returning to Asia’s World City to represent the country in this year’s Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival race. Pacific West Dragon Boat is no stranger to the international competition, having won an impressive first place when participating for the very first time in 2006.

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Creative, eye-catching outfits are essential for winning the Best Costume Award in the Fancy Dress Competition.

“Hong Kong has played host to our team for many years, and we are honoured to have the chance to return and compete in this amazing city. Although it has been some time since our last win, this will be a great experience for our newest team members; and we hope to be able to fly the Malaysian flag once again,” said Pacific West Dragon Boat captain Lawrence Koh.

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Creative, eye-catching outfits are essential for winning the Best Costume Award in the Fancy Dress Competition.

“Although we have been to Hong Kong many times, we have always been captivated by its beautiful evening skyline. The local cuisine is superb and always keeps us coming back for more,” Koh added.

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Food Trucks will gather at the Dragon Boat Carnival to serve local delicacies

Pink Challengersis also looking forward to taking part in the upcoming race. Pink Challengers, a dragon boat team belonging to Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia, formed in early 2005 is Malaysia’s first Breast Cancer Survivors Dragon Boat team. Team spokesperson for 2018, Margaret Gabriel, explained why the team is participating again in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival.

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Food Trucks will gather at the Dragon Boat Carnival to serve local delicacies

“We hope that by us participating as a cancer survivors’ team, we can continue to spread the message that early detection and timely medical treatment can save life and there is life after breast cancer,” said Margaret. “We also hope to network with Breast Cancer Survivors Teams from other countries.”

Margaret also shared how much the team loves visiting Hong Kong, especially with the convenient public transportation infrastructure that makes getting around a breeze; allowing them to travel easily and experience the city’s sights and sounds.

For visitors coming to Hong Kong in June, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival is an event not to be missed! Here are a series of fantastic celebrations that await you!

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival (22-24 June at the Central Harbourfront and Victoria Harbour. Free Admission)

Dragon boat races staged in Victoria Harbour

The CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races are one of the key highlights of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. Over 4,500 athletes from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, France, the US, Canada, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Taiwan, Mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong, will be featured in the ultimate Dragon Boat showdown in Victoria Harbour. Dragon boat races can be fun too! In the Fancy Dress Competition, paddlers will dress up in creative and eye-catching outfits to compete for the Best Costume Award, adding a joyous atmosphere to the tense competitions.

Mega party at the Central Harbourfront

In addition to the nail-biting battles in the harbour, there will be fascinating events onshore. An artificial sand beach will be set up at the Central Harbourfront, allowing members of the public to indulge in sunbathing right in the heart of the city. There will be live music performances at the carnival in the evenings to keep visitors entertained, while food trucks will serve local delicacies and refreshing drinks; and special offers will be introduced at the event.

More dragon boat races around Hong Kong (18 June, Dragon Boat Festival)

On the day of the Dragon Boat Festival, mother dragon boat races will be staged in various districts in Hong Kong, including Stanley, Tai Po, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun, Sai Kung and Aberdeen. Although the Festival is a prelude to summer, other dragon boat races will be held to further extend the festive ambience.

Traditional delicacies to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival

Rice dumplings in various flavours are the most popular traditional delicacy for celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival

Traditional delicacies to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival Rice dumplings are a must-try traditional delicacy for visitors during the Dragon Boat Festival. Various fillings are available, both savoury and sweet, to appeal to different tastes. Making rice dumplings involves a sophisticated process of boiling bamboo leaves, pre-soaking glutinous rice, wrapping and string-tying, and finally steaming the dumplings. Many restaurants in Hong Kong still serve this traditional local delicacy, including Ka Woo, a 70- year old Shanghainese restaurant located in Nam Shan Estate in Sham Shui Po, well-known for its hand-made dumplings. Visitors are invited to pay the restaurant a visit to give this traditional local delicacy a try.

 

About Hong Kong Tourism Board

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is a government-subvented body founded on 1st April 2001 under the HKTB Ordinance. It has 15 branch offices and 5 representative offices around the world, and its primary mission is to market and promote Hong Kong as a travel destination worldwide and enhance visitors’ experiences once they have arrived.

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