Interesting Place

Many Interesting Place in Hong Kong. It is the Bun Festival on Cheung Chau Island.

The Bun Festival is local to the Island of Cheung Chau only. The Bun Festival is

usually in May. About two weeks before the festival,people on Cheung Chau Island

build a tall bun tower in front of the temple there. They build the tower with steel and bamboo now. It is about fourteen meters high. They cover the tower with sweet buns. Bun towers are built with bamboo structures 60 foot high, piled with sweet buns, outside the Pak Tai temple.

Since these buns are blessed, in the old days, people climbed up the bun towers and compete for buns at midnight on the first day of the festival. It was supposed the appease the spirit of the people who died in a 19th Century plague on the island. Unfortunately, accident happened in 1978.

The Bun towers collapsed under the weight of too many climbers and more than 100 people were injured. Since then, there is no more competition. Bun are distributed to the believers after the ceremony. You can also buy these buns from local bakers.

Three days before festival procession,people on Cheung Chau Island do not sell or eat meat. They only eat vegetarian. Most restaurants sell vegetarian dishes and some-simply close. However, when the procession is finished, everything goes back to normal.

On the festival day, there is a procession along the main streets. There are lion dances and colorful floats. There are people playing Chinese music too. The procession is the best part of the festival. Different local communities arrange their own floats. Children are put on to a tiny seat attached to steel rods so that they look as though they are floating or standing high up on top of pole.

People stand in the streets and watch the procession.

Colorful costumes help to cover up the seat. However, it’s still hard work for 5 year-old. under the hot 28 Celsius afternoon Sun in May. The most exciting event is at midnight. It is the Bun-scrambling Competition. People compete to get the highest score. The competitors have three minutes to climb up the bun tower and pick the buns. The buns at the bottom have the fewest points and the buns at the top have the most points.

The procession is carried out on the Buddhist birthday ( public holiday ) so that everybody can enjoy the festival. Before that, Cheung Chau schools simply closed on the procession days because the children were either participating in the procession or escaping from school so that they can watch.

Tips for you……….

You want to take a ferry from central to Cheung Chau.

By ferry takes about fifty minutes to get there.