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Last updated: 26 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Lee Cobaj

This three-day, seven-a-side rugby tournament, contested by 24 international teams, is one of the biggest events on the Hong Kong sporting calendar, and it’s as much a spectator sport (in that the spectators – extravagantly costumed and inspired by gallons of alcohol – play as great a part as the teams).

The last day of the tournament is the most exciting, but all three days offer a guaranteed good day out.


Price from: £25
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
Frequency: annually
When: Last weekend March
Duration: 2 days

Getting there & doing it

The event is held at the Hong Kong Stadium, which is just east of the Happy Valley Racecourse. The closest MTR Station is Causeway Bay, Exit F, on the Hong Kong Line.

Cityline is the official ticket agent for the tournament, but tickets tend to sell out very quickly. Alternatively, you need to find yourself a generous corporate sponsor chum.

Corporate boxes have the best views. South and north stands are known as the most raucous. There are always some seats at the very top of the stadium.

If you want to join the revellers in costume, there are stalls of party supplies, colourful wigs, hats and accessories on Pottinger Street in Central, and inside Wan Chai market.

When to do it

The competition is held on the last weekend in March.

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