HK to hold dragon boat carnival inviting 180 teams to compete

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-28 22:35:01|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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HONG KONG, May 28 (Xinhua) -- The Tenth Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival will be held from June 14 to 16, inviting around 180 teams to compete at the Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Tourism Board announced on Tuesday at a press conference.

During the carnival, about 180 teams with close to 5,000 paddlers from 16 countries and regions are expected to take part in the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, the agency said.

In addition, the “PRC 70th Anniversary CCB (Asia) Trophy” has been specially created this year to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, inviting dragon boat teams representing the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao to compete.

Apart from dragon boat races, the carnival also includes local artisanal market and street food gala, man-made beach and water fight area for family, and onshore dragon boat races for charity.

The carnival was organized by Hong Kong Tourism board and Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association, sponsored by China Construction Bank (Asia).

The carnival will cost 17 million Hong Kong dollars (2.2 million U.S. dollars), and is estimated to attract 60,000 people to come and watch, said Mason Hung, the general manager of Event & Product Development of HKTB.