KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 (Bernama) -- About 5,000 athletes from 16 countries, including Asian Games medallists, will make a big splash in the 44th Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, beginning June 14.
The three-day races involving 180 teams will take place in Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Harbour.
Since 2010, the races have been organised as part of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, an event conceived by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to promote competitive sport and cultural experience to tourists.
While there are a few major racing events in the city, the carnival creates a summer party from the sport by throwing in entertainment and culinary elements.
This year’s carnival will return to the Central Harbourfront in the busiest financial district in the city, with a market featuring new crafts, and a food section.
Visitors will get a dose of local pop culture at the ‘Discovering Hong Kong Crafts Stories’ Artisanal Market introducing indie designs, including accessories carrying iconic Hong Kong motifs made from glass, leather, embroidery and more.
Food trucks and stalls at the ‘Street Food Gala’ will serve up popular street food from burgers to German wursts and nourishing Chinese soup, some of which are specialities of Michelin-recommended restaurants.
The ‘Splash Fun Area’ for water games, man-made beach and sunset concerts which were hugely popular last year will make a comeback to this family-friendly event.
Entrance to all activities is free. More details at www.DiscoverHongKong.com/DragonBoat