What to do in Hong Kong this summer © Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

What to do in Hong Kong this summer

This summer, Hong Kong is the place to be for culture-vultures and foodies alike. From opera to boat races and their very own exposition Hong Kong will see you entertained in style this summer.

Yuja Wang Triptych 1 – Mozart
Come hear and see the beautiful prodigy Yuja Wang, hailed by the most important pianist of her generation, as she performs one of Mozart's best known pieces, Jeunehomme, Beethoven's third symphony – the legendary 'Eroica' – with renowned conductor Jaap Van Zweden on the podium.

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This is a wonderful chance to visit the iconic Hong Kong Cultural Centre and experience the intimacy of its Concert Hall. Don't be surprised if you see teenagers ushered to their seats still in their tennis shirts and shoes, because classical music lovers start at a tender age in Hong Kong.
12-13 June, 8pm.

Chinese Opera Festival
In a city where traditions have been quickly replaced by modern values, Hong Kong's Leisure and Cultural Services Department has been making a tremendous effort to preserve the local arts. Chinese opera is one of them, particularly Cantonese opera which has been included in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Every summer, you can see celebrated artists from China perform during this festival that celebrates the cultural richness of Chinese opera in a spectacle of language, music, costumes and some seriously good acting.

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19 June – 2 August/Various venues

The Dragon Boat Water Parade of Tai O
Tai O is a fishing village in southwest Lantau Island. This parade takes place on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in the Chinese calendar. In the morning, participating fishermen would row out in their boats to four temples – Yeung Hau, San Tsuen Tin Hau, Kwan Tai and Hung Shing – where they would take the deity statues back to the village for worship. As the dragon boats towing the sacred sampans pass by, locals living in stilt houses along the main creek would light up their paper offerings and shrew them into the water. The ritual is believed to pacify vagabond ghosts.

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The Dragon Boat Water Parade of Tai O is an eye-opening experience that recalls Hong Kong's history as a fishing village, and is a great chance to visit Lantau Island.
20 June - 8am-2pm

Related: Tai O Guide: Hong's Kong's village on stilts 

Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races
Sight, sound and excitement: Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Race has it all. A rowing competition over the course of three days in the iconic Victoria Harbour has attracted athletes and enthusiasts from all over the world to come participate in one of Chinese culture's most colourful events. Come see the multi-coloured vessels, and cheer the paddlers onto the finishing line as they row to the rhythm of drums.

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The races celebrate the life of a politician-poet who committed suicide by drowning two millennia ago. Many myths surround this event. One of them was that fishermen made unique boats shaped like dragons and would row to the rhythm of drumming and chanting aboard to keep evil spirits away from the body. Over the years, dragon boat racing has become the single most colourful and exciting event during the year.
3-5 July

FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 
At the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Hong Kong stop, you will see the best women's volleyball teams from China, Cuba, Brazil, Bulgaria, Holland and other countries compete in a world-class competition and big prize. Organised by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, WGP is one of the most high-profile commercial sporting events.130804163761071

Get tickets online here or call +852 3761 6661.
16-18 July

Food Expo 2015
One of the global food economy's largest markets, Hong Kong's Food Expo is not to be missed. With exhibit categories ranging from coffee, health drinks and dairy products, to state-of-the-art frozen food, sauces, seasonings and organic items, Food Expo, now a yearly tradition of over 25 years, has something for every palate. Come get a taste of the past, present and future as you wander through the tempting aisles filled with scrumptious bites to try.

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13-17 August

1 Yuja Wang Triptych 1 – Mozart
2 The Dragon Boat Water Parade of Tai O
3 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races
4 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
5 Hong Kong Food Expo 2015