"Chinese New Year: Dragonboat Races" Top 5 Page for this destination Darling Harbour Tip by cjg1
Darling Harbour, Sydney: 122 reviews and 241 photos
During our visit in 2010; Sydney was celebrating Chinese New Year. Various events were happening all over the city. One event in particular interested us most: the Dragon Boat Races. On Saturday February 27th over 3000 paddlers raced on their Dragon Boats in Darling Harbour. The race starts in the middle of the Harbour and ends at Cockle Bay. It is an energetic race to the finish with spectators cheering on their favorite teams.
The race began early in the morning so Liz and I got up early to get a seat. Darling Harbour was mobbed with tons of spectator and teams of Dragon Boat Racers. We managed to get a seat and waited for the fun to start. It was amazing to watch team after team race to the finish. The eye dotting ceremony was also a big interest. Red paint is dabbed on the center of each dragon's forehead; to "awaken" the dragon boat's blind dragon.
This was a fun experience and I was glad we were here to see it.
Address: Darling Harbour/Cockle Bay
Phone: 61 2 9240 8500
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