Travellers taking Hong Kong tours in May should be sure not to miss the Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships, one of the city’s most popular annual sporting events.
The festival of competitive rowing is held in Stanley, which in the early 1970s was just a small fishing village to the south of Hong Kong Island.
As most of the local people travelled along rivers and waterways for their livelihood, boat racing became popular and turned into a traditional way of celebrating the Tuen Ng Festival.
The championship, which will take place on May 28th this year, has been an annual event since 1976.
Boats measuring more than ten metres in length participate in the races, carrying a crew of up to 22 people including a steersman and a drummer who provides an energetic beat to help the competitors as they row against opposing teams.
As well as enjoying the local traditions and culture, visitors to Hong Kong can head to Victoria Peak to take in a stunning view of the city or take a tram journey to see the whole of Hong Kong Island.
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