8th June 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races will be held on 24th and 25th June this year after a 4-year break, attracting over 160 teams from all over the globe to participate in 17 different events at Victoria Harbour. The event is co-organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association.
This year’s event will take place over two days and feature 17 races, with over 4,000 participants from 10 countries and regions, including Poland, Australia, Dubai, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong.
To encourage more overseas dragon boat teams to participate, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has introduced a cash prize of US$10,000 (approximately HK$78,000) for the five major races: the International Championship, the International Open Grand Championship, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Championship, the Hong Kong Championship, and the Hong Kong-Macau Trophy.
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Championship, which features teams consisting of elites from 11 cities in the Greater Bay Area, will be the first-ever championship of its kind and will headline the event. The Hong Kong-Macao Trophy will be the first collaboration with Macau, inviting six teams from the Mainland, Thailand, and the Philippines for the finals.