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"Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade" Observation Activity

Organised by Joint Association of Traditional Dragon-Boats in Tai O and South China Research Center, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Supported by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office

The Tai O dragon boat water parade, a religious activity with more than 100 years of history, is held every year during the Dragon Boat Festival by three fishermen's associations, namely Pa Teng Hong, Sin Yu Hong and Hop Sum Tong. The deity statues from temples in Tai O are put on sacred sampans towed by the dragon boats to parade through Tai O's waters to pacify the wandering water ghosts. This local tradition was inscribed onto the third national list of intangible cultural heritage in 2011.

The observation activity will be held on the day of Dragon Boat Festival. Participants will be invited to observe the dragon boat parade in stilt houses, which is a good opportunity to meet and have dialogues with the local residents. (Docent service will not be provided.)

Date:      30 May 2017 (Tuesday)

Time:      8:45 am – 1:00 pm (stay in Tai O)

Place:     Tai O

Assembly Time and Place:     7:15 am at the roundabout of the Hong Kong Science Museum (2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon) OR
                                                     7:45 am at the parking area outside Exit A of Tung Chung MTR Station
                                                     Please be on time, as latecomers will miss the group's departure.

Dismissal Time and Place:     Around 2:30 pm at the roundabout of the Hong Kong Science Museum

Enrolment:   A maximum of 150 participants on a first-come-first-served basis. To register, please call South China Research Center, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology at 2358 8939 during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, except public holidays).

Photos of Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade

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