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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Returns To London

By Laura Reynolds Last edited 10 months ago
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Returns To London
Photo: Andrew Smith

A fleet of dragon boats will take to London's docks next month for the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

40 teams will battle it out on the water at London Regatta Centre in Victoria Docks for four separate trophies.

Don't fancy taking on the wrath of the dragons? A free festival runs throughout the day for anyone wanting to remain firmly on dry land, with a Hong Kong theme running throughout.

Traditional Chinese lion dancing will take place alongside martial art displays, and younger visitors will be kept busy by face painting and balloon modelling.

A food festival will be serving up all manner of Asian treats to keep everyone going throughout the festival, including goodies from China, Japan, Korea and India.

The event is organised by the London Chinatown Lions Club, with proceeds going to the organisation's charities.

Dragon Boat festivals originated in ancient southern central China some 2,500 years ago along the banks of Yangtze River.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival takes place on 26 June at London Regatta Centre. If you want to register a team, you'll need to do so by 8 June. Otherwise, turn up on the day and enjoy the free entertainment.

Last Updated 05 May 2016