Dragon Boats: 4 Best Race-Watching Hotspots in the World

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Ready to explore the heart-pounding world of racing dragon boats? Head to the most spectacular race-watching hotspots around the world.

Whether you are a seasoned enthusiast or a curious newcomer, the best locations promise not only extraordinary views, but an unforgettable experience of the ultimate dragon boat thrills.

Continue reading to learn about the best places to watch dragon boat races and plan a trip!

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Experience the thrill of dragon boats around the world.

CONTENTS – In this article, you will learn about the best racing destinations for dragon boats, including:

The Very Best Destinations to Watch Dragon Boat Racing 

When you’re are planning your next big trip, you might want to consider basing it around major events, be it a soccer tournament or a music festival.

For many holidaymakers, taking in some dragon boat racing is an irresistible opportunity. In fact, you’ll find a plethora of excellent dragon boat events held in several popular foreign territories. 

Dragon boat races are one of the biggest events of the year in nations like Taiwan, but audiences worldwide outside of Asia are taking notice. For one reason, this sport gained notoriety in movies like Dragon Boat and has helped inspire the creation of games like Floating Dragon – Dragon Boat Festival.

But dragon boat racing provides a pulsating occasion you’ll want experience in real life. Dragon boat races are particularly prominent in destinations with large Chinese and Taiwanese communities. So, if you plan your trip right right, you can see the dragon boats while frequenting a major city or relaxing on a stunning beach.

Let’s take a look at some of the very best destinations to watch dragon boat racing. It’s worth noting, though, that the dates of these particular events vary. Be sure to confirm the timing as you plan your vacation so you’re certain it coincides with the races.  

1. Auckland’s Viaduct Harbor is the Place to Go 

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Viaduct Harbor in Aukland is famous for dragon boats.

New Zealand is a popular nation that many aspire to visit, and North Island, Auckland is particularly enticing. This major city in the north of the country’ is full of bars, cafes, superyachts, and boats.

Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that the city’s population of boat lovers is also keen on dragon boat racing. In fact, Auckland’s Dragon Boat Association has over 500 members at the time of writing.

For visitors to the city, Auckland’s Viaduct Harbor hosts a truly thrilling dragon boat racing event that tends to coincide with any Chinese New Year celebrations. If you’re there around that time, be sure to go. 

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2. Supplement Partying in Miami with an Exciting Dragon Boat Race 

People visit Miami, Florida for lots of good reasons: indulging in delicious food, relaxing on a picturesque beach, and partying the night away in the variety of top clubs. In this much-loved coastal metropolis, some visit Miami to experience the island town of Key Biscayne’s Annual Dragon Boat Race.

Competitors from around the world take part in this exciting dragon boat race set in a delightful scenic town. The event is seemingly growing year over year, so it’s worth adding to your Miami itinerary should you get the chance to go.  

3. Vancouver’s Dragon Boat Racing Event is Huge 

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The thrill of dragon boat races will be lifelong memory.

Vancouver is one of Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities, so it probably comes as no surprise that it hosts dragon boat racing events. Alongside several other cultures, Vancouver is home to a thriving Taiwanese community that flocks to watch the city’s amazing Dragon Boat Festival.

This popular destination in British Columbia Vancouver is a great city to visit at any time. You’ll enjoy a range of activities, from opportunities to whale watch to stunning natural beauty.

But if you time it right, attend the city’s annual Dragon Boat Festival at False Creek. Then you’ll create even more memories in the process. 

4. Thousands Attend the Berlin City Cup

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Witness the Berlin City Cup, one of Germany’s biggest events.

Germany has developed an affinity for all things dragon boat racing. One of the country’s biggest events is undeniably the Berlin City Cup. You’ll find this event hosted in the capital at the Olympic race course in Berlin, Grünau.

The Berlin City Cup is a brilliant sporting event to immerse yourself in, with around 70 teams participating and huge crowds of people cheering them on, it’s a truly exciting experience each year! If you’ll be in the area in (usually) July, don’t miss this electrifying event.

Final Thoughts on Dragon Boats Race

Embark on a journey of awe-inspiring sights and thrill of the dragon boats at these ultimate race-watching hotspots.

The combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, and heart-pounding races will create an experience like no other. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or a newcomer, these destinations guarantee memories that will last a lifetime.

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About Jackie Gately, editor-IN-CHIEF

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