Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance began in the 19th century when Tai Hang was a small Hakka village of farmers and fishermen on the waterfront of Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island. Now, the traditional dance is on China’s third national list of intangible cultural heritage.
According to legend, Tai Hang village was attacked by a typhoon before the Mid-Autumn Festival in 1880. Worse still, a python appeared and ate the villagers’ livestock. This was followed by a plague which killed many villagers. Some village elders said that the chaos could only be stopped by dragon dancing and burning firecrackers. Then, the villagers made a huge dragon using straw and covered it with incense sticks. They lit up the incense sticks and danced around the village for three days and three nights. Eventually, the plague disappeared. Today, the amazing dance and the craftsmanship of making the fire dragon are part of Hong Kong living culture.
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Celebration
- Date: 3 – 6 October 2017
- Around 8:15–10:30pm, 3–5 October
- Around 8:15–10pm, 6 October
- Venue: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay
- (Best vantage point: Wun Sha Street)
- Website: www.taihangfiredragon.hk
- See the parade route map
Note: On 4 October, the performance will also be held at Victoria Park at around 10:45–11:30 pm.
How to get there:
- Tai Hang: MTR Tin Hau Station, Exit A1. Cross King’s Road and turn right. Walk straight to the second junction on the left to enter Tung Lo Wan Road, which leads to the Tai Hang area.
- Victoria Park: MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit E, walk along Great George Street to the park; or MTR Tin Hau Station Exit A2, turn left at exit and enter the park from Hing Fat Street.
Let’s go watch Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance. Please feel free to leave us comments or contact us if you have any questions.
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