Dragon Boat Racing

Paddling superheroes make a splash

Tai O fishermen held a heritage-listed parade. Photo: Felix Wong

In Stanley it was all about beer and costumes, the athletes were in Aberdeen and for those wanting to see a century-old parade, Tai O was the place to be during yesterday's Dragon Boat Festival.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 11:49am

Noise of drums echoes back some 150 years

Aberdeen Dragon Boat Race 2013. Photo: David Wong

The history of Aberdeen's dragon boat races goes back about 150 years when the fishing community's parade commemorating ancient Chinese poet Qu Yuan evolved into a competition.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:05am

Team Lamma show paddle power

Team Lamma show paddle power

Stemming from ancient Chinese fishing traditions, dragon boating has evolved into a fiercely contested international water sport. Every year thousands compete in international competitions, while hundreds of thousands participate in the sport worldwide. And yet, despite the sport's global reach, Hong Kong remains firmly at its core.

26 May 2013 - 5:54am

City scope: here be Hong Kong dragons

An entrant in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens, New York. Photo: AP

With the thundering of drums, the muscular sportsmen and women, the nods to Chinese culture and the team camaraderie, it's hard not to get swept away by the spectacle that is dragon boat racing.

27 Aug 2012 - 12:08am

Dragon boats event hit by cheating claim

An international event intended to showcase dragon boat racing's viability as an Olympic sport has been hit by allegations over the non-eligibility of some competitors.

The claims concern a leading local racing club that has added 'ringers' to its squad at the last minute to improve its chances in the Club Crew World Championships which end today in Victoria Harbour.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK event to boost bid for Olympics

Dragon boat chiefs are hoping to paddle their way into the Olympics by using this week's Club Crew World Championships in Hong Kong as a showcase.

The sport is preparing to make a formal bid to be included at the Olympics but much will depend on how much it grows and evolves.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Dragon boat races aim to mark HK as sport's centre

There will be dragons in Victoria Harbour this week - but you are more likely to get scorched by the sun than these floating beasts.

The annual Dragon Boat Carnival gets under way today and then again from Thursday to Sunday, bringing in more than 6,000 competitors from around the world for a series of races.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Dragon boat race upbeat despite shark alarm

Not even the reported sighting of a shark earlier last week could spoil the fun for the thousands attending the Stanley Dragon Boat Championships yesterday.

More than 250 local and overseas teams of more than 5,000 paddlers took part in this year's event, with the Hong Kong Friendship Dragon Boat Club winning the day's big race.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Enter the dragon boats for a taste of colour

At today's Tuen Ng festival, hundreds of dragon boat teams will row their hearts out in long, decorated boats to the beat of thundering drums.

Traditionally celebrated in Chinese communities throughout East and Southeast Asia, dragon boat races now take place around the world. Yet Hong Kong still retains first place as the most popular dragon boat destination.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Women with the fire to create a new tradition

Dodo Kwok Tsui-yuk's fascination with dragon boats goes back to her childhood growing up in a fishing village steeped in tradition.

But indulging in that fascination was not easy. As a girl, tradition dictated she could not even touch the objects of her desire.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

New-wave furniture

Next month, Hong Kong will celebrate the annual Dragon Boat Festival, which commemorates the death of poet and statesman Qu Yuan (340BC-278BC). And shoppers are being offered a chance to take a part of the festivities home with them before June 6.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Fun for all at dragon boat carnival

The Tuen Ng festival is over and most village dragon boats are already in dry dock. But for die-hard fans, the fun is just beginning. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will bring dragon boating back to Victoria Harbour when it jointly hosts the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival with the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association (HKDBA) from July 23-25 in Tsim Sha Tsui East.

30 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Dragon boats list towards the UN

Hopes are running high on the mainland for the UN to list the Dragon Boat Festival as intangible cultural heritage, to feed off what many perceive to be foreign encroachment in this domain.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

Enter the dragons with a big splash

Get ready for a feast of action in one of the most exciting events in the Chinese calendar. Colourful boats, the powerful splash of paddles and the roar of drums create an amazing atmosphere at the Dragon Boat Festival.

26 May 2009 - 12:00am

Push to make dragon boat regatta truly international

Dragon boat racers have vowed to turn the annual regatta during the Tuen Ng Festival into a benchmark competition with better organisation and a more sporting spirit.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association is also looking into the possibility of bringing the event back to Tsim Sha Tsui East, where it was held before moving to the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin in 2000.

25 May 2009 - 12:00am

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