A 67m-long dragon will light up Hong Kong’s night sky this coming September 12-14, as the destination celebrates the three-day-long Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance, part of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
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There will be some 300 performers holding the dragon aloft, its spine ablaze with 24,000 incense sticks. Made with a mixture of rattan, hemp and pearl straw bindings, the dragon’s head alone weighs over 70kg.
Spectators will be able to see the dragon swooping and swerving through the streets of Tai Hang amid the beating of drums and banging of gongs, as performers pass the orbs of incense from one person to the next.
This performance has been around for 130 years and was inscribed on China’s National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2011. The event began in 1880 as a ritual to drive away a dangerous plague that had devastated the Tai Hang community.