Jiao-festival of Cheung Chau is on the third national list of intangible cultural heritage in China since 2012. The Bun Carnivals held since the re-commissioning of the Bun Scrambling Competition in 2005 have been well received by the public. The wide range of programmes including the Selection Contest for the Bun Scrambling Competition, the Climbing Carnival as well as the Bun Scrambling Competition not only have attracted over 10 000 participants but also tens of thousands of local and overseas spectators. Among these programmes, the Bun Scrambling Competition has been the focus of attention and has become one of the most representative traditional festive events in Hong Kong. It helps boost the economy of Cheung Chau, create commercial opportunities, and promote climbing sport as well as tourism in Hong Kong.
The 2016 Bun Carnival to be staged at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau from 24 April 2016 to 15 May 2016 is jointly presented by the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, in association with the Cheung Chau Wai Chiu County Association Limited, the Cheung Chau Rural Committee, the Islands District Office and the China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union, and sponsored by LUKFOOK JEWELLERY, Watsons Water and the Islands District Council. The activities include training and selection contest for the Bun Scrambling Competition, the Climbing Carnival and the Bun Scrambling Competition. This year, the colouring and drawing competitions will continue to be held for students of kindergartens and primary schools respectively to enhance public knowledge of the bun scrambling tradition and local customs.
The Climbing Carnival is staged to enable the public to enjoy the fun of bun tower climbing. The activities include game stalls, handicraft, variety show, and climbing demonstrations, etc. Regarding the Bun Scrambling Competition, climbing training will be provided for the participants. In addition to the individual event, an invitation relay will be organised for climbing athletes from neighbouring cities and local groups in Cheung Chau.
The activities of the 2016 Bun Carnival are as follows:11
|i) 24/4 (Sun)||Training on bun tower climbing|
|ii) 1/5 (Sun)||Selection Contest for the Bun Scrambling Competition|
|iii) 8/5 (Sun)||Climbing Carnival|
|iii) 14 - 15/5 (Sat, Sun)||Bun Scrambling Competition cum Prize Presentation Ceremony
Please refer to publicity materials for activity details.