2024 Bun Carnival


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 an attendance of over 10 000 including visitors from home and abroad alike. The Bun Scrambling Competition had in particular 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 2024 Bun Carnival to be staged at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau from
7 April to 16 May 2024 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 of the Home Affairs Department and the Hong Kong, China Mountaineering and Climbing Union. Sponsored by Otsuka Pharmaceutical (H.K.) Ltd. and Watsons Water, the carnival aims to familiarise the public with the bun scrambling tradition and local customs.

The programme of the 2024 Bun Carnival is packed with a variety of interesting activities such as Training and Selection Contest for the Bun Scrambling Final, 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 fun day, as well as display of winning entries in the Drawing Competitions for Students. 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 e-copies of the winning entries of the Drawing Competitions for Students 2024 have been uploaded to the Multimedia Information System of Hong Kong Public Libraries.

Click here to view the winning entries of the Drawing Competitions for Students 2024

The activities of the 2024 Bun Carnival are as follows:

Date Programme
7 April 2024 (Sun) Bun Scrambling Competition - Training on Bun Tower Climbing
14 April 2024 (Sun) Bun Scrambling Competition - Selection Contest
5 May 2024 (Sun) Climbing Carnival
15-16 May 2024 (Wed & Thu) Bun Scrambling Competition - Bun Scrambling Final cum Prize Presentation Ceremony