Dragon Boat Festival

Victoria Harbor is one of the most evocative areas of the city. Situated between the Hong Kong island and Kowloon, it boasts not only the highest skyline of the world but also hosts the Dragon Boat Festival, which has the largest number of visitors in the nation. The festivity roots go deep into ancient China, and despite the legend is over 2000 years old, millions of people from eastern China celebrate this occasion still today.

The celebration that take place in Hong Kong is the most important one and falls every year on the eighth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The main event is the dragon-boat race. It consists in a contest among 180 teams of 12 members each. Rowing on long dragon-canoes in a race against time, they aim for first place while the spectators cheers with gongs, drums and traditional Chinese chants.

The custom is to participate in the festivity together with friends and family. On the eve night is tradition to cook zongzi, sugarcane leaves steamed dumpling stuffed with rice, that are offered to the guests.

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