The people of China are “descendants of the dragon” and for over 2,000 years, the Chinese have been racing dragon boats.
These are long canoe-style boats with dragons heads. The boats are usually made of Indonesian teak in China’s Pearl River Delta.
Duanwu, the annual Dragon Boat Festival, takes place all over China, with the largest dragon boat festival being held in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.
Dozens of teams race their dragon boats. Each boat has a drummer at the front and up to 20-30 rowers per side.
The Dragon Boat Festivals are popular for: eating zongzi (pyramid-shaped sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), wearing a perfume pouch, tying 5-color silk thread and hanging mugwort leaves and calamus.
About Hong Kong:
Hong Kong has legalized prostitution and is the world’s most vertical city (ie: more people living above the 14th floor than anywhere else in the world).
There are over 8,000 skyscrapers here (most in the world) and a population of over 7 million people, most densely concentrated in Mong Kok.
Hong Kong used to have Kowloon Walled City. Demolished in 1994, Kowloon Walled City was a settlement of over 30,000 people living on 6-acres.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival homepage