Hong Kong Celebrates Bun Festival


Bun Climbing anyone?

A series of vibrant cultural celebrations will greet tourists coming to Cheung Chau Island in Asia’s world city this April as the island celebrates Cheung Chau Bun Festival, a colorful celebration held each year to thank the god Pak Tai for blessing and protecting Cheung Chau settlers.

The Bun Festival has been known worldwide for the Bun Scrambling competition, where contest participants climb a tower of buns and snatch as many buns as they can to win.
         
There’s also the Piu Sik Parade, where children dressed as mythological or modern characters re-enact the practice of driving away evil spirits in old times. During the parade, they are suspended by a system of rods and wires to appear like they are floating through the air.

During the festival, visitors are welcome to buy ‘lucky’ buns bearing the Chinese character for ‘peace’ from Cheung Chau’s local shops.

Festival Activities at a Glance


Date
Time
Activities and Venues
Location
22 April
Noon – 6pm
Climbing Carnival
– Climbing demonstrations
– Game stalls
– Variety shows
Soccer Pitch of Pak Tai
Temple Playground
25 April
10am

9pm

Ceremony inviting deities from temples 
around Cheung Chau

Ritual marking start of Bun Festival

Pak Tai Temple Plaza
25 April – 
2 May
7:30pm – 11pm
Chinese Opera Performances
Pak Tai Temple Plaza

Date
Time
Activities and Venues
Location
27 April
2:30pm – 3:15pm

8pm

Lion and Unicorn Dances

Ritual and Chinese Acrobatic Performances

Pak Tai Temple Plaza
28 April
10:30am

2pm – 4pm

Midnight

Unicorn and Kung Fu Performance
Piu Sik Parade #
Bun Scrambling Competition*
Pak Tai Temple Plaza

(Please refer to theparade route map
Soccer Pitch of Pak Tai
Temple Playground

29 April
9am

2pm

Distribution of Buns

Ceremony to send the deities on Cheung Chau back to their temples

Pak Tai Temple Plaza

Remarks:
All activities are open to visitors for FREE.
# Piu Sik Parade is open to visitors for FREE. 
*Complimentary admission tickets for Bun Scrambling Competition will be distributed at Pak She First Lane at 10pm, while stocks last.
For more information, visit www.discoverhongkong.com.
Get a glimpse of the Piu Sik or Floating Colors Parade that’s part of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival by watching these Tiny Kung Fu Masters video!
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/culturalcelebrations/eng/video/tiny_kung_fu_masters.html
Join the fun of celebrating the Cheung Chau Bun Festival by downloading the Bun Stamping game!
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hk-cheung-chau-bun-festival/id336315995?mt=8

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