Dragon Boat Festival

Quarantine caused world championships to be moved, but local body’s chairman says city can stage 2027 edition if government ends the policy, adding ‘we cannot afford so many maybes’.

It is the latest event to be cancelled in Hong Kong, a day after Hong Kong Marathon was called off and Oxfam Trailwalker was denied a permit by the government.


People in China debated an old Dragon Boat Festival custom in Guangdong that requires women to stay away from the races when men pass under the bridge so they do not “offend the gods”.


Tourism trips and revenue during China’s three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday have failed to show a major turnaround in consumption, even as the government moves to ease tight zero-Covid controls.


We eat sticky rice dumplings during the Dragon Boat Festival, but is it really because of an ancient Chinese legend? They’re eaten elsewhere in the region too. Hong Kong chefs tell us the best ways to appreciate them.

From elevating the neglected Tanka community to bringing their dragon boat races to the masses, Charles Thirlwell’s legacy still resonates in Hong Kong

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.


‘Merdeka paddlers’ is the first group from country to compete in traditional event, which has been watered down this year due to social-distancing rules.

Chinese consumers were less willing to spend money in May than March, when large parts of the country were still under coronavirus lockdown, a new survey shows.

Online events to mark the festival replace family gatherings for some, as measures to contain the capital’s new outbreak prevent many residents leaving town.


Every year, on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, crews of paddlers re-enact the legend of Qu Yuan. They power long, narrow boats, their prows mounted with ferocious dragon heads, through the water, to the frenzied, rhythmic beating of drums

Dragon Boat Festival is a time of boat races and eating glutinous rice dumplings. Here are five Hong Kong restaurants offering healthy vegetarian and vegan dumplings.

Every year, on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, crews of paddlers re-enact the legend of Qu Yuan. They power boats mounted with ferocious dragon heads through the water to the frenzied beating of drums.

The history-making Filipino Dynamos team can only train once a week, and depend on sponsors to cover boat hire and race fees, but are undaunted. They practice paddling, do yoga and strength training, and through it all build camaraderie.

Hong Kong’s ‘Paddle without Plastic’ campaign is aiming to reduce plastic waste in dragon boat training and race events, with more than 40 local teams expected to take part.