The Jiao Festival of Cheung Chau was officially inscribed onto the third national list of intangible cultural heritage in 2011. Since the revival of the bun scrambling contest of Cheung Chau in 2005, the annual Bun Carnival has been well received by the public. The wide range of programmes offered by the Bun Carnival, including the Selection Contest for the Bun Scrambling Competition, the Climbing Carnival and the Bun Scrambling Competition, each year attract over 10 000 participants as well as tens of thousands of spectators from home and overseas. The Bun Scrambling Competition, in particular, has been the focus of attention and is now one of the most representative traditional festivities in Hong Kong. It helps to strengthen Cheung Chau’s local economy, promote climbing sport and boost tourism in Hong Kong.
The 2017 Bun Carnival to be staged at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau from 9 April to 4 May 2017 is jointly organised 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. Sponsored by Lukfook Jewellery, Watsons Water and the Islands District Council, the carnival aims to familiarise the public with the bun scrambling tradition and local customs.
The programme of the 2017 Bun Carnival is packed with a variety of interesting activities such as Training and Selection Contest for the Bun Scrambling Competition, the Bun Scrambling Competition and the Climbing Carnival. The Climbing Carnival is an opportunity for the public to enjoy the fun of bun tower climbing. Activities include stall games, handicraft making, variety show, climbing demonstrations, and colouring and drawing competitions. Climbing training will be provided for participants of the Bun Scrambling Competition. In addition to the individual event, an invitation relay will be organised for local groups in Cheung Chau to compete against climbing athletes from neighbouring areas.
The activities of the 2017 Bun Carnival are as follows:
|9 April||Training on Bun Tower Climbing|
|16 April||Selection Contest for the Bun Scrambling Competition|
|22 April||Climbing Carnival|
|3-4 May||Bun Scrambling Competition cum Prize Presentation Ceremony|
Please refer to the Prospectus for details of individual activities.