Climbing carnival opens to all
Members of the public can experience climbing the bun tower frame and take part in various fun activities during the Climbing Carnival of the 2011 Bun Carnival to be held on Cheung Chau this Sunday (May 1).
The event will run from noon to 6pm on the soccer pitch, Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau. Simply by making on-site applications for the Climbing Play-in, participants can experience local tradition and climb the 14-metre-tall bun tower frame set up for the Bun Scrambling Competition.
The Climbing Play-in is divided into three groups - the master group (aged 35 or above), adult group (aged 18 to 34) and youth group (aged below 18 and at least one metre tall). There will be four sessions and each will last for an hour. Participants in the three groups in each session who reach the designated height on the bun tower frame in the shortest time will be the winners and be awarded with souvenirs.
To help create a lively ambience, eight teams from local tertiary institutions, government departments and commercial organisations will compete in the invitation relays. The teams making it to the designated height on the bun tower frame in the shortest time will be the winners.
Like last year, members of the public can make wishes on the "wishing bun tower" and also join lots of festive programmes. There will be games stalls featuring the bun festival, climbing as a sport and the third Hong Kong Games, handicrafts and variety shows, etc. Winning works of the Student Colouring and Drawing Competitions will be on display. People joining the carnival will have a chance to get souvenirs featuring the buns.
In addition, festival-goers can get to know more about the technical and safety aspects of bun tower climbing from demonstrations by the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union on bun tower climbing and relevant safety measures.
A total of 12 shortlisted male and female finalists will compete in the finale of the 2011 Bun Carnival - the Bun Scrambling Competition, to be held from 11.30pm on May 10 to 12.30am on May 11 on the soccer pitch, Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau. Competitors will scramble for buns on the bun tower, which carry different scores, within a time limit. The one with the highest total score will be the winner. Results of the men's team and the women's team will be ranked separately.
The 2011 Bun Carnival is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) between April 23 and May 11, with the support of the Cheung Chau Wai Chiu County Association Limited, the Cheung Chau Rural Committee, the Islands District Office and the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union, and is sponsored by Lukfook Jewellery, Watsons Water and the Islands District Council.
For enquiries on activities of the 2011 Bun Carnival, please contact the Islands District Leisure Services Office of the LCSD on 2852 3220, or visit the department's website at www.lcsd.gov.hk.
Ends/Thursday, April 28, 2011
Members of the public are invited to join the annual Climbing Carnival. Photo shows the fun during the event last year.
As in previous years, teams from local tertiary institutions, government departments and commercial and industrial organisations will compete in an invitation relay. Photo shows last year's contenders in action.