London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

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4 out of 5 stars
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Yin Wong

Time Out says

No fire-breathers here. In fact, water is the name of the game at the annual London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival where teams of rowers go head-to-head on the Thames – and allow you to have a go yourself. The whole thing is a celebration of Chinese culture, so there’ll be t’ai chi, Chinese lion dancing and street food aplenty (from China and beyond).




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I've been going to this annual event for as long as I can remember. I even participated last year. Being a paraplegic makes it difficult, but they customised a seat to support me so that I could take part. This is a great event for the family, especially since the weather was good. There are lots of food stalls with a variety of food from across Asian. The day is filled with live entertainment and lion dancing all in between the races. It has a good vibe, especially if you have a team to support. There are three different categories, professionals, corporate and charity. Dragonboating is a great team sport so if you wanted to give it a go, contact the LRC for further details. The LRC also does para rowing, so it is fully accessible for wheelchair users. My team came first this year so I'm ecstatic! 


A brilliant family friendly festival in the docklands. It was a food, culture and dragon boat festival - with something for the whole family. 

There was a plethora of food from across Asia (with a limited veggie option) We had steamed buns and noodles.  But many of the stools ran out of food.  

The dragon boat racing was brilliant fun to watch with professional and amateur teams performing (I'm definitely going to enter a team next year) But the competitor didn't give a huge amount of detail on the teams so it was hard to get involved. 

the highlight was the stage - a mixture of Chinese storytelling, competitions, music and Tai Chi!! It was a bit like Britain's Got Talent - some were fantastic and some were questionable.

The venue was right opposite the City Airport so the views of the planes were unbelievable.