Hong Kong’s three-day Rugby Sevens tournament drew to a close on Sunday evening, with Fiji beating Kenya 24-12 to mark a record fourth straight win – their 18th overall in the 43-year history of the tournament.
Costumes of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
“The Hong Kong Sevens is like the World Cup in Fiji and four years in a row is like winning the World Cup,” Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai told the South China Morning Post.
The seven-a-side game is a fast, running-dominated version of the sport, and matches last just 14 minutes.
But the rugby is only half of the reason to head to Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
The other reason is the stadium’s South Stand – a raucous congregation of expatriates, locals and tourists who show up in full-fledged costumed glory to sing, drink, party and – just sometimes – catch a few minutes of sport.
Sure, the floors get disconcertingly sticky: but it’s one of the best parties in Hong Kong.
Check out our gallery for a glimpse of the full experience.