Dragon Boat Carnival

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 July, 2010, 12:00am

First there was the World Cup, then the Lan Kwai Fong Beer Festival gave drinkers plenty to cheer about; but this weekend will see a merger of sport, beer and the great outdoors.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival in East Tsim Sha Tsui promises some fun for spectators not entirely focused on the paddlers grafting their way through Victoria Harbour.

The San Miguel Beer Garden at the UC Centenary Garden will serve food and drink between noon and 9pm with live bands providing entertainment. A beer-drinking contest will also offer some sporting competition for those who like to get their lips wet but keep their feet dry.

Race fans, however, should be at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade to watch the dragon boats speed between the waters off Hotel Nikko Hongkong and the finish line near Wing On Plaza. More than 180 local and international dragon boat teams will compete over the course of three days.

Families with younger children can also make the most of the carnival at the Dragon Boat Fun Plaza, also at the Centenary Garden. Here games booths, arts and crafts workshops and a dragon boat exhibition will help keep young minds occupied.

UC Centenary Garden, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Jul 23-25, 9am-6pm (beer garden and fun plaza noon-9pm), Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (races start near Hotel Nikko Hongkong), free. Inquiries: 2508 1234