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10 Jun - 16 Jun

Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races 2024

By Lily Valette 29 May 2024

Event Information

START DATE 10 Jun 2024
END DATE 16 Jun 2024
Across Hong Kong

Header image courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

It’s Dragon Boat Festival again, and the popular local holiday celebrated by many in Hong Kong means that there will be dragon boating races on the calendar. Colourful boats and committed paddlers racing to the sounds of rhythmic drums are highlights of the annual occasion—and the races can get pretty intense, too!

Stanley is home to the iconic Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships, which falls on 10 June this year. On the same day, there will be a drone show taking place at Wan Chai HarbourChill and the Water Sports and Recreation Precinct at 8 pm. You can expect the drones to reprise iconic local elements related to the festival, with, no doubt, a few dragons flying in the sky! Unlike fireworks, the drone show is not visible from across Victoria Harbour, so get as close as possible to benefit from the full experience with music and sound effects, too.

Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

Festivities will continue on 15 and 16 June, with 17 races gathering over 170 teams and 4,000 athletes from 12 countries and regions to compete in the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races along Victoria Harbour! Head over to the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade to see the races; the starting line is located by Mody Road Garden and the finish line located opposite of where the Kowloon Shangri-La is.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade will also be home to various activations from 8 till 16 June, with installations of Line Friends characters dressed as dragon boat racers making for a fun photo spot. For the first time, there will also be food and beverage stalls on the Avenue of Stars, serving from 12 noon till 9 pm. At the Summer Chill Food Lane, you can except to feast on craft beer, bottled milk tea, milk tea-flavoured ice cream, coconut and taro ball desserts, and doughnuts, among other snacks.

For those who want to enjoy all-day fun, the Dragon Boat Festival celebration goes on till after nightfall, with a grand firework display to be hosted on Victoria Harbour at 8 pm on 15 June! What’s more, the Hong Kong Tourism Board will be giving away free ice cream on a first-come, first-served basis, from 6 pm till 8 pm by the Wan Chai Ferry Pier.

Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

Lily Valette


Born and raised in the French countryside, Lily arrived in Hong Kong looking for an adventure. Passionate about books, she spent some time in Parisian publishing houses and is the author of an illustrated book about hair. Life in Hong Kong for her entails looking for seaside places to eat and a lot of hiking.