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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Travel | Stanley Dragonboat Rowing Races at Stanley Beach, Hong Kong

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Hello everyone! One of the biggest events that took place in June was the Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships. It is held annually as part of the Dragon Boat/ Rice Dumpling Festival. The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional Chinese festival where part of it involves feasting on rice dumplings with braised meat or seafood fillings. The Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong is a pretty big event as there are dragon boat races held and you can find rice dumplings being sold in almost every eatery, restaurant and bakery. In Singapore, there isn't much of a hooha over the festival sadly. Thus, it is a rare opportunity to be able to participate in the festivities in Hong Kong!

And so, on a super sunny morning, aka the kind where you will get a tan regardless of the amount of sunblock you slap on, my friends and I headed out to Causeway Bay to take bus no. 40 all the way to Stanley Beach. It costs HKD 10 per ride. The queue was ridiculously long as many people were also going for the event. It didn't help that each bus can only seat 16 people. Imagine waiting for an hour while getting roasted by the sunlight -- not fun.


However, the trip was worth it. Look at the amazing scenery!

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What's more, there were a bunch of free stuff being handed out at the booths! Woohoo!

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Like a cup of wine from Barefoot Wine which was being handed out by this lovely lady here! Chilled wine is great when it's hot and there were many flavours to try!

It was an amazing and crazy fun trip even though a patch of my shoulder got sunburned :(

After that, I went to Fashion Walk at Causeway Bay to check out the Shin Tanaka collaboration because I was curious about it. I even managed to meet Shin Tanaka and got an autographed cute tote bag with my name on it! One more freebie to add to my haul for the day!

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My haul at the end of the day:

My Haul: A bolster that can be converted to a neck pillow, a pin from L'Rosace, a compressed handkerchief from Columbia and a customised autographed tote

The experience of checking out Stanley Beach is something that I will remember for a long while. I've been to HK quite a few times,  but I've never been to Stanley Beach since my mum doesn't like going to the seaside. This trip has definitely made me see HK from a different perspective! It may be slightly out of the way, but do check out Stanley Beach, as well as Stanley Market, if you've got the time when you're visiting in Spring or Summer!

Till next time
Love,
El   xoxo

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