Dragon Boat Races in Hong Kong

Last Saturday it was time for a fun piece of Chinese Tradition. It was the day of the Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival), so at many places in Hong Kong there were action-packed races, where you could watch numerous teams compete on the water against each other. And you were really close to the action as spectators could just stand on the beach, watch the teams race towards them and congratulate them once they arrived at the shore. It was really a great atmosphere with lots of cheering and laughing. Many teams were corporate amateur teams that enjoyed the event a lot, they wore funny hats, dressed up in costumes or had their own battle calls. After the races each team was soaking wet and totally exhausted, but they all looked very happy.

The dragon boats raced right to the beach

The dragon boats raced right to the beach

A dragon head on one of the boats

A dragon head on one of the boats

This team wore funny hats - mostly Angry Birds characters

This team wore funny hats - mostly Angry Birds characters

The Beach at this venue was totally crowded with spectators

The Beach at this venue was totally crowded with spectators

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