Hong Kong Tai Hang Fire Dragon – Mid Autumn Festival

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One of the top 5 Events in Hong Kong – Personal Recommendation

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Mid-autumn festival is a very busy and colourful time in Hong Kong.  The red lanterns are hanging and locals are running around buying mooncakes to give to each other.  There are also a few interesting dragon dances well worth catching and both have different local significance.  The most famous is the Tai Hang in small community close to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.  Even though the neighbourhood is going through rapid urban renewal the tradition continues for the first three nights of mid-autumn so the dates are always changing so it’s important to check the Chinese calendar.  2015 – Sept 26, 27 & 28th.  The event runs from 8:00 pm for a couple of hours.  The 2nd night it also does a show at Victoria park that usually has special lantern festival setup.  Lantern festival is one of few events during mid-autumn. The story of Tai Hang goes back well over one a hundred years and it’s about a plague in the 19th century that was driven from the town by use of a like dragon.

 

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Mid-autumn festival is a very busy and colourful time in Hong Kong.  The red lanterns are hanging and locals are running around buying mooncakes to give to each other.  There are also a few interesting dragon dances well worth catching and both have different local significance.  The most famous is the Tai Hang in small community close to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.  Even though the neighbourhood is going through rapid urban renewal the tradition continues for the first three nights of mid-autumn so the dates are always changing so it’s important to check the Chinese calendar.  2015 – Sept 26, 27 & 28th.  The event runs from 8:00 pm for a couple of hours.  The 2nd night it also does a show at Victoria park that usually has special lantern festival setup.  Lantern festival is one of few events during mid-autumn. The story of Tai Hang goes back well over one a hundred years and it’s about a plague in the 19th century that was driven from the town by use of a like dragon.

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“locals still recreate the fiery ancient ritual today with a whopping 300 performers, 72,000 incense sticks and a 67-metre dragon…for 3 moon-fueled days”

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Hong Kong Tai Hang Fire Dragon – Mid Autumn Festival is one of my personal favorite local festivals and has been added to the list Unesco National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage for safeguarding.

 

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