New World Harbour Race
If the idea of donning your skinnies, slipping into Hong Kong’s Fragrant Harbour and duking it out against 2,499 other budding swimmers for the title of king or queen of the crossing isn’t quite your cup of cha, not to worry. Remember, it’s not the winning (heck, in this instance, it’s not even the taking part) but the spectating that matters. So, pitch up nice and early for a coveted waterfront spot from which to watch all of the New World Harbour Race action.
First held back in 1906, the 1.8 km-long race across Victoria Harbour served as one of the territory’s most celebrated annual events for 70+ years, before being discontinued. However, improved water quality and logistics saw the heritage happening return after a 33-year hiatus in 2011, and it has been growing from strength to strength ever since.
For a bird's eye view, make your way to the promenade of Quarry Bay Park where you can ogle all of the contenders as they cross the finishing line from Sam Ka Tsuen Public Landing on Kowloon-side to Quarry Bay Park Public Pier. Who knows, maybe it’ll inspire you to enter next year?
18 Oct, 2015.
Quarry Bay Park / Tai Koo Shing / Quarry Bay / +852 2572 8594 / race starts at 8.30am / hkharbourrace.com