The Cheung Chau Bun Festival

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The Cheung Chau Bun Festival

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival
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The Cheung Chau Bun Festival, held on Cheung Chau island in Hong Kong, is named for one of its most cherished features: bun snatching. The festival takes place from April to May annually and is one of many Taoist Da Jiu festivals held across greater China that ask the gods for peace in the region. Attractions include a parade of colorful floats and costumed children, as well as the bun snatching, where participants climb up steel towers or "mountains" covered in steamed lotus seed buns trying to snatch the highest one before snatching more as they race down.
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Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong 852 China

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Globetrave
86 contributions
Interesting festival thou beware of crowd. Go early and try the bun
May 2019 • Solo
This has been my second visit to watch the Cheung Chau Bun festival. The ferry service (pier 5 from Central) took an hour (normal service). Ferry fare per person was HKD 20.20 which was doubled the usual price due to the festive occasion.

I wanted to catch the "deity parade" which was taking place between 2pm to 4pm. I arrived on the island at 11am and the place was already very crowded. Took a while to reach the Pak Tai temple and saw the three 60 ft tall bun towers.

Bought the sesame filling "ping on" buns which was sold at HKD 9 each. There were chairs placed outside the shops or residents home for people to sit and watch the "deity" parade. The chairs were going for rental rates between HKD50 to 100. If one doesn't wish to pay for seats, then do arrive early to reserve a good standing spot.

The "deity" parade was fun to watch as the children were nicely dressed. However, do be prepared for the heat, crowd and loud drum sounds. Also, the climbing competition for the bun towers takes place around mid nite. The results will be covered on TV news the next day if one doesn't wish to stay so late into the night to watch. About 80%of the shops serve vegetarian meals during this period.
Written May 13, 2019
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$hweta
Bangalore District, India364 contributions
Unique in its own
May 2018 • Couples
I visited this festival on a recommendation by a friend. Everyone must visit it once for an experience. We boarded a ferry from Central Pier 5 which takes about an hour to reach the final destination. On reaching there we saw food stalls, bun selling shops ( artificial offering buns and eating too), parades, lion dances and many more activities. It is usually crowded during the day on the day of this festival. The actual bun festival takes place at night 11:30pm for an hour which is a competition between the participants who are trained to climb and collect the buns (we did not wait until night to see). You can stroll around the place and also visit Pak Tai temple and Tung Wan beach and yes also can stay overnight in the local hotels which maybe basic and more (we didn’t explore that option). I would summarise saying it is a country in itself.

FYI - Bun festival happens around April- May on Buddha’s birthday. So look for the dates which is different every year.

One may visit Cheung Chau otherwise too to experience a local hong kong life.

PS: It is hot during the day so be well prepared or visit after 4pm.
Written May 28, 2018
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isnainifa
169 contributions
Wonderful Festival
Apr 2018 • Friends
Cheung Chau Bun Festival is a traditional Chinese festival on the island of Cheung Chau. There is tons of yummy snacks to try while at Cheung Chau. Also, lots of vendors selling inexpensive trinkets and clothes.
Written April 29, 2018
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Thundercatgo
Belfast, UK75 contributions
The best day out of our 4 day trip to HK
Apr 2017 • Family
We happen to be in HK before the main festival day/parade so we took the ferry ( quick one out as that was the first one leaving and slow one back around 3pm as our flight to the UK was in the evening and we sat on the outside deck and saw the sights of HK from the water). I didn't feel uncomfortable with either journey despite huge crowds of people going to the island.

The island was a delight for the senses. The colourful harbour, the sight of locally caught sea food drying on racks and sold by local old ladies on the dockside, the local snack foods - not all our taste- the buns (we liked the lotus flower paste one and they are sold warm from some stalls), the towers of buns , the tall floats ready for the parade! And then there's a beach on the other side of the island ( 5/10mins walk through the shop-filled streets from one side to the other). We didn't have time to explore the island so you could easily spend the day here even if the festival was not on.

A non-spoilt gem of an island only a short ferry ride away from Kowloon but a lifetime apart in culture and economic development.
Written July 18, 2017
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JaCoby-Jennifer M
Clearfield, UT160 contributions
Happens Every End of April to the first of May!
May 2017 • Couples
After having been to HK for a few times, I was able to make it to the Cheung Chau Bun Festival. This festival only happens once a very for a week. If you are planning to go to Hong Kong in the late spring time make sure to plan it according to the Bun Festival as this is not a thing to miss. There is tons of yummy snacks to try while at Cheung Chau including the special steamed buns that have the pink ink with the chinese characters meaning: Peace. Cheung Chau is an island off the south side of the Hong Kong Island. Ferries are located in Central and run every 30 minutes or faster.
Written May 13, 2017
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Dominic159
Hong Kong, China14 contributions
Happen once a year
May 2017 • Solo
Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Happen once a year on Buddha birthday
It does get crowded but it will be worth it
This festival has been running for many many years and this tradition is what Hong Kong is all about
Star Rating : 5 Stars
Cost: Cheap / Free
Travel : Easy
Written May 5, 2017
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RickyGui
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
Review of Cheung Chau Island (CCI) during Bun Festival 2013
May 2013 • Solo
I was there to do a documentary photography on Bun Festival 2013. Somehow i knew it was crowded but i didn't know it was such an overwhelming event for the local and tourists. Thinking the entire population from HK has shifted to CCI! Walking around the island was manageable, little pushing and shouting was barely noticeable.

Few things that is worth to see during the festival, hard to miss anyway. The tower bun where the climbers are going to climb to snatch the bun for points at the call of midnight. Huge colourful deities about 3 storey high were displayed on court for prayers and picture taking. Plenty of lion dance dancing in delight for the audiences to marvel their skill. The best part is the floating parade where the kids were "hang" on air in different eye-catching costumes. While i was standing in-front of a house to wait for the parade to commence. A local resident was very kind enough to offer me a stool for me to sit down. People are generally very nice there!!

Despite being an island, there are some very popular eating outlets for one to savour when stomach starts to growl. If you are into seafood, this would be a perfect place for a hefty dinner, fulfilling your maximum enjoyment.

Easy to navigate around as the island is not a maze as compare to city, would love to visit the island again in future. You can check out my website for pictures too!

http://captureasia.photoshelter.com/gallery/Cheung-Chau-Bun-Festival-Hong-Kong-stock-images/G0000YewdKmXtrwE/C0000TUnsSOmNkYs
Written September 9, 2013
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habitattt
hong kong224 contributions
Must-visit Cheung Chau Bun Festival 長洲太平清醮
May 2012 • Friends
Cheung Chau Bun Festival is a traditional Chinese festival on the island of Cheung Chau. It is held annually in the fourth month (moon) of the Chinese calendar. http://www.cheungchau.org/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dajiao. The exact date varies, please visit these sites for confirmation.

It is a must for tourists of all nationalities to visit Cheung Chau, mainly for the Bun Festival. It becomes a showcase of traditional Chinese culture. Apart from the traditional Chinese decoration,there is a large-scale procession (Parade-in-the-air) which takes about two hours. It is suggested to occupy a good location with plastic chairs along the procession route beforehand. Three mountains of buns (three 60 feet bamboo towers covered with buns) and other buns are for worshipping Divinities. This is also the place to hold 'bun-snatching' at mid-night. You are highly recommended to participate in this wonderful Bun Festival in Cheung Chau in the years to come.

For more photos, please click http://blog.yahoo.com/deli-prince-club/articles/33206.
Written April 23, 2013
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reins76
Scone, Australia470 contributions
crowded and crazy at the cheung chau bun festival
Apr 2012 • Couples
we saw the crowds and spectacle of the bun festival- but i would think that cheung chau would normally be a lovely peaceful day trip to enjoy one of the many waterfront seafood restuarants
Written June 11, 2012
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jstead
Ontario198 contributions
The Bun Festival
Apr 2012 • Couples
A short ferry ride takes you to Cheung Chau Island. A nice little walk around. It was SO crowded for the Bun Festival and parade. But that only added to the day. The parade meanders through the streets - changing direction on whim. Lots of vendors selling inexpensive trinkets and clothes. Lots of delicious food. I recommend the "fast" ferry - twice the price but less lineup and it doesn't take so long. We took the #7 bus from Aberdeen Centre - it took us right to the ferry.
Written May 21, 2012
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