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Hong Kong’s Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

Hong Kong’s Fire Dragon Dance in Tai Hang

The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance is an indispensable part of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations in Hong Kong.

Have you ever seen a fiery dragon dancing on a city street? Check out this popular one in Hong Kong and how it came to be. (Big shout-out to fire dragon director, Mr. Chan Tak-fai !) See more: http://bit.ly/2w3gznL

Posted by Discover Hong Kong on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

 

This ritual began in the 19th century when the villagers in Tai Hang were hit with a plague which they dispelled with a three-day fire dragon dance.

Today, Tai Hang is no longer a village. It is a hip neighbourhood – home to trendy restaurants and posh apartments. Many original residents have left, but the tradition of the Fire Dragon Dance remains. Many Tai Hang people return to their old neighbourhood on the special days to take part in or watch the Fire Dragon Dance.

This event is one of the key items in Hong Kong’s Intangible Cultural Heritage and was inscribed on the national list in 2011.

It is traditionally held for three days and nights and the event will be extended for one more night to accommodate more visitors this year!

Hong Kong’s Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

This 67-metre Fire Dragon takes about 300 current or ex-residents of Tai Hang to manage – with the youngest member of the team is 16 while the eldest is 80.

Whether you’re visiting or living in visiting Hong Kong, this Fire Dragon Dance is an eye-opening experience that I’d highly recommend for you to check out this Mid-Autumn Festival.

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance 2017

Date 3 – 6 October 2017 (4 nights)
Time 8:15pm to 10:30pm
Best vantage point Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang
Additional show 4 October 2017
10:45 to 11:45pm
Soccer Pitch, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
Details www.discoverhongkong.com

Hong Kong’s Fire Dragon Dance in Pok Fu Lam Village

You can also see a fire dragon on 4 Oct – around 6.30pm to 11.45pm at Pok Fu Lam Village. The gigantic fire dragon will be parading into every corner of the village and perform in front of every shrine to pray for prosperity for the coming year.

Click to download Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn event guide for an array of festivals and events that are happening this week.

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