When the people of Tai Hang village miraculously stopped a plague with a fire dragon dance in the 19th century, they inadvertently launched a tradition that has since become part of China’s official intangible cultural heritage. The village has since been replaced by a city, but the ceremony lives on.
Three days, more than 300 performers, over 70,000 of sticks of incense and a 67-metre dragon that wends its way through the crowded streets of Tai Hang, or Big Water Channel.
According to local legend, over a century ago, a few days before the Mid-Autumn Festival, a typhoon and then a plague wreaked havoc on the village. While the villagers were repairing the damage, a python entered the village and ate their livestock. According to some villagers, the python was the son of the Dragon King. A soothsayer decreed the only way to stop the chaos was to stage a fire dance for three days and nights during the upcoming mid-autumn festival. The villagers made a huge dragon of straw and covered it with incense sticks, which they then lit. Accompanied by drummers and erupting firecrackers, they danced for three days and three nights – and the plague disappeared.
Another place for Fire Dragon Dances located at Pok Fu Lam.
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance 2015
Date: 26-28 September,2015
Time: Around 8:15pm to 10:30pm, 26 & 27 September / Around 8:15pm to 10pm, 28 September
Venue: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Best vantage point: Wun Sha Street
How to get there
- MTR Tin Hau Station Exit A1, cross King’s Road and turn right. Walk to the second junction on the left, Tung Lo Wan Road, which leads to Tai Hang.
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