The ultimate Hong Kong sports diary
There’s a vibrant sports scene in Hong Kong for participant and spectator alike, from professional events enticing the world’s top athletes to those open to beginners and amateurs.
The Hong Kong Open golf tournament, Fanling, 8-11 December 2016
This is one of the longest running and most prestigious international sporting events in Hong Kong. With four days of excitement on the fairways and greens, featuring some of the world’s leading golfers, and entertainment for the whole family taking place off the course. Find out more here.
Hong Kong Marathon, 12 February 2017
For the amateur runner, a marathon is often the pinnacle of achievement and a fantastic way to see a city from a unique perspective. The Hong Kong Marathon follows a spectacular route, passing through Lai Chi Kok Park, Tsing Yi and finishing in Victoria Park. Great fun for spectators and participants alike. Find out more here.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, 30 May 2017
This takes place every year, combining a huge party with an impressive show of physical prowess. It’s also a quintessentially Asian sport, inspired by the folklore of Chinese national hero Qu Yuan. He drowned himself in the Miluo River over 2,000 years ago to protest against China veering from its socialist roots. Legend has it the townspeople beat drums to scare the evil spirits away and threw rice dumplings into the water so the fish wouldn’t eat his body, inspiring the current festival.
New World Harbour Race, October 2017 (TBC)
For the past 70 years, hundreds of people, from elite swimmers to amateurs, have taken to the waters of Victoria Harbour to complete this iconic 1.8km swim. Even if you’re not a confident open water swimmer, you can join the thousands of spectators at one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated events. Find out more here.
Hong Kong Sevens, 7-9 April 2017
This world famous annual tournament – celebrating its 42nd year in 2017 – brings some of the top international rugby teams to the Hong Kong Stadium. With a carnival atmosphere to complement the frenetic on-pitch action, the tournament is great fun for both die-hard rugby fans and newcomers alike. Find out more here.
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, events throughout the year
The Hong Kong sporting calendar features more sailing events than we’ve room to feature here. One of the oldest sports clubs in the city, it has an active calendar of social and competitive sailing, and rowing events and courses, as well as a thriving social scene. Find out more here.
Horse racing, September-July
A trip to one of Hong Kong’s world-class racetracks is a must – Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island and Sha Tin in the New Territories. The key events in the calendar are the Hong Kong Derby and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, where you’ll rub shoulders with the elite and watch some of the finest horses and jockeys from around the globe. Find out more here.
Whether you’re a budding athlete, an enthusiastic spectator or simply looking for a good party, Hong Kong has plenty of sporting events to add to your calendar.
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