The 2014 Bun Carnival will stage its grand finale, the Bun Scrambling Competition, at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau, on the night of May 6 (Tuesday). A total of 12 finalists will vie for the championships in the men's and women's teams.
The Bun Scrambling Competition is one of the highlights of the Cheung Chau Jiao Festival and a well-known traditional festive event in Hong Kong.
This is the 10th anniversary of the Bun Carnival since its revival in 2005. To celebrate the special occasion and to make the competition even more exciting, a special zone of "Super Buns", with each bun carrying 12 marks, will be put up on the tower.
Trophies will be awarded to the champion, first runner-up and second runner-up in the men's team event, the champion in the women's team event and the winning teams in the Bun Scrambling Invitation Relay. The "Full Pockets of Lucky Buns" award will also be presented this year to commend the participant who grabs the most buns.
The Bun Scrambling Competition, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), will start at midnight on May 7 (Wednesday). An opening ceremony to launch the competition will be held half an hour earlier. To maintain public order on that night, the organisers, together with the Islands District Council, the Islands District Office, the Police and the Transport Department, will implement various measures. Detailed arrangements were announced at a joint press conference today (April 23).
The Vice Chairman of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee, Mr Ho Lai-on; the Chief Leisure Manager (New Territories West) of the LCSD, Ms Dilys Cheung; the Assistant District Officer (Islands), Miss Bonnie Man; the Divisional Commander (Cheung Chau) of the Hong Kong Police Force, Ms Vicky Wong; Senior Transport Officer of the Transport Department Mr Yuen Wing-cheong; and Member of the Islands District Council Ms Lee Kwai-chun attended the press conference.
Ms Cheung said that four spectator zones will be set up on that night at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau, which can accommodate about 1,650 people. Members of the public are requested to queue up at Pak She First Lane, next to Cheung Chau Fire Station, and along Ping Chong Road for getting admission tickets. The distribution of tickets will start from 10pm. Each person can obtain one ticket on a first-come, first-served basis while tickets last. Spectators who have obtained their tickets should wait for instructions from the Police and staff of the organisers for admission, which is expected to start from 10.30pm. Spectators should enter Zone 1 to Zone 4 in sequence.
Notices will be put up at Central Pier 5 informing the public of the schedule and arrangements of the event. Notices and enquiry counters will also be set up at Cheung Chau Ferry Pier and the entrance of the Pak Tai Temple Playground, where staff will be on hand to address public enquiries.
Ms Wong said police officers would be deployed outside Pak Tai Temple Playground for crowd management. She called on the public to co-operate, follow instructions from the Police and staff of the organisers, and be patient in crowded places.
About the arrangements for public transport services, Mr Yuen said the Transport Department would closely monitor the situation that night and would keep in close contact with ferry and bus companies to make necessary and appropriate arrangements to meet public demand.
He added that, as many people would be leaving Cheung Chau after the event, New World First Ferry would arrange an additional ferry trip from Cheung Chau to Central at 1.15am on May 7.
The bus companies will operate a special cross-harbour bus route, 104R, running from Central Pier 5 to Mong Kok from about 1.10am to 2.30am on May 7. Overnight bus services departing from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Central will be re-routed to pass Central Pier 5 from midnight to about 2.30am for passengers' convenience. These routes are N8X (to Siu Sai Wan), N90 (to South Horizons), N182 (to Kwong Yuen, Sha Tin) and N619 (to Shun Lee, Kwun Tong).
Speaking on rescue operations during any possible emergencies, Miss Man said St John Hospital would make appropriate manpower arrangements on that day for provision of accident and emergency services, while the Hong Kong East Cluster of the Hospital Authority will render assistance when necessary. The Government Flying Service will also deploy helicopters and strengthen their manpower.
To attract more members of the public to participate in this festive event, the Climbing Carnival will be held at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau, from noon to 6pm this Sunday (April 27). There will be a splendid array of activities including a climbing participation event, in which visitors can enjoy the fun of bun tower climbing, and a relay competition, in which local tertiary institutions, government departments and commercial and industrial organisations will be invited to compete against each other. Activities ranging from game stalls and handicrafts to variety shows will also be organised. Other highlights on the day will include a Wishing Bun Tower erected at the soccer pitch as well as displays of winning works of the student colouring and drawing competitions.
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee and the LCSD, the 2014 Bun Carnival is presented with the support of 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 is sponsored by Lukfook Jewellery, Watsons Water and the Islands District Council.
For enquiries on the above activities, 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/Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:41
From left: Senior Transport Officer of the Transport Department Mr Yuen Wing-cheong; the Divisional Commander (Cheung Chau) of the Hong Kong Police Force, Ms Vicky Wong; the Assistant District Officer (Islands), Miss Bonnie Man; the Chief Leisure Manager (New Territories West) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Ms Dilys Cheung; the Vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee, Mr Ho Lai-on; and Member of the Islands District Council Ms Lee Kwai-chun display buns and the trophies for the winners of the Bun Scrambling Competition during the press conference today (April 23).