If you have never been to Hong Kong, you may want to plan a trip to the borough of Queens.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival sailed into Flushing Meadows Corona Park for its 27th Annual race in New York City, celebrating the year of the Rooster.
According to legend, when the poet, who was disliked by the king, had learned that his home had been invaded, he threw himself into the Mi Lo River, which was populated with fish and water dragons. When the townspeople heard the news, they raced to the river to rescue him, however they failed. The tragic tale of Qu Yuan Inspired the timeless tradition of Dragon Boat Racing.
In addition to the races, New Yorkers enjoyed arts & crafts exhibitions and international foods along with colorful dance and musical performances. Next year, the New York Hong Kong Dragon Boat festival will celebrate the year of the Dog. Once again, Meadow Lake in Queens will temporarily transform into the Mi Lo River in China, where Dragon Boats first raced in 278 BC!