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A river boat spectacle that will convince you to visit Hong Kong in June

Photo Credit: FreeImages.com/Kelly Flock

With its unique skyline, Hong Kong is known by many as the city of skyscrapers and international trade, but if you take a closer, you will discover so much more. Beaches, cultural sites and traditional events tare just a few. Perhaps the most famous of them all is the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Tueng NG Festival. The traditional holiday originated in China, and is one of the favourite festivals in the area.

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It is thought that this festival dates back to 3rd Century and is always celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month in the Chinese Calendar. This year that happens to fall on 9th June. Legend has it that the Festival originates with Qu Yuan, an official who was do disillusioned by the administration of the time that he drowned himself in the river as a sign of protest. In their efforts to save him, the locals paddled their boats and banged on drums to try to scare away any creature that might try to harm the old man.

The main highlight of the Dragon Boat Festival is inevitably the Dragon Boat Races. The races are colourful and loud as teams paddle their long narrow boats, accompanied by the best of a drum, hoping to be first to the finish line. The Festival is now celebrated all over the world in Chinese communities. But Hong Kong is as authentic as it gets without venturing into mainland China.

Photo Credit: FreeImages.com/Kelly Flock

Photo Credit: FreeImages.com/Kelly Flock

Although the many dragon boat associations around Hong Kong celebrate the festival, the races in Stanley Main Beach are some of the most spectacular and are very popular with local and visitors alike. Some 200 local and international teams participate in this one event that attracts a crowd of in excess of 30, 000 visitors every year.  Some of the other places to host the races in Hong Kong are Aberdeen, Saikung, Cheung Chau, Tai O, Discovery Bay and Sha Tin. All the races are free to the public.

Even though the Dragon Boat Festival is one of the highlights of Hong Kong’s annual cultural calendar, as a destination, it has so much more to offer year round.

Speak to one of the travel consultants at Bianchi Travel – Lufthansa City Centre and let them put together the perfect itinerary for your once in a lifetime visit to Hong Kong.

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