LettersDragon Boat racing keeps the Hong Kong spirit alive
- Hongkongers keeping traditions alive and passing on their wisdom while being part of such a modern, cosmopolitan society sets the city apart from many other places in the world
It was the same story for the next seven years. Finally, this year, I set three alarm clocks. I reached Tai O exactly at 12pm and, luckily for me, the festivities were still very much ongoing.
I really appreciate how Hong Kong, despite being a modern city, has kept these traditions alive and passed on their wisdom across generations. It is fascinating to see the different sides of Hong Kong, at once tech-savvy, modern and cosmopolitan, while being humble, hard-working and respectful towards age-old traditions and culture.
That might be part of what sets Hong Kong apart from many other places. Many people around the world who value these traditions might look up to Hong Kong for its expertise regarding this sport.
I am happy that at least after nine years in Hong Kong, I was able to capture the excitement and competitive spirit of the actual water parade. I hope the Dragon Boat Festival helps to increase the city’s soft power even more in the future.
Munira Rahman, Tung Chung