Thousands of people turned out to watch teams battle it out on the water at the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2016 .

The event at Docklands saw more than 40 manned vessels take part in the race on Sunday, June 26, while onlookers sampled the cultural festivities on dry land.

Team members included people from the local community, businesses, public organisations and charities as well as the British Dragon Boat Association.

Dragon boat racing dates back more than 2,000 years and the traditional festival has become part of Hong Kong’s lifestyle.

The finishing touches are made to one of the dragons

Director general of sponsors Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London Priscilla To said: “Hong Kong held the first international dragon boat festival three decades ago, and since then it has developed into a truly global event, with festivals happening all around the world.

“Hong Kong’s own Dragon Boat Carnival took place just a couple of weeks ago, and attracted thousands of visitors. Here in London this festival has become a key event in the city’s cultural calendar.”

The festival featured cultural performances organised by Beat Nations, City Showcase, Chinese Youth Radio and Spectrum Radio.

More than 40 teams took part in the annual race

These included lion dance, live music from local and UK pop music acts, martial arts demonstrations and traditional dancing.

There was also a food festival allowing people to try traditional dishesa from Asia and all over the world.

The festival was organised by London Chinatown Lions Club, London Chinatown Chinese Association, London Chinese Community Centre and the Hong Kong Executives Club.

The London HKETO And Friends dragon boat team

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