The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival is an annual "mega event" and major tourist attraction organized by the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association (HKDBA). The carnival, which is on its 37th year, will feature the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races on July 2nd and, for the first time, the world renowned Club Crew World Championships on July 4 to 8.
The annual dragon boat race started in 1976. It was also the very first international dragon boat race upon which standards were set.
The colorful dragon boats will race in six lanes over a 640-metre course and are expected to draw about 50,000 spectators daily. Races are held in 17 categories including open championships, women championships, mixed championships, junior championships, inter-company championships, fishermen's championships and travel industry and hotel championships. Teams consist of 28 members including manager, coach, paddlers, reserve paddlers, drummer and steersman.
Races will start near the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong and finish near Wing On Plaza. There will be free seating for about 400 spectators on Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.
Coinciding with the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival races is the San Miguel BeerFest which will be held at UC Centenary Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui East on July 2, 6-8, 2012. There will be beer booths and food booths, games booths, stage performances and party atmosphere.