Cheung Chau Bun Festival
April 30 @ 8:00 am - May 4 @ 1:30 am
Sleepy fishing village Cheung Chau wakes up and revels during the annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival, held on Buddha’s birthday every year – the fifth to the ninth days of the fourth lunar month. The festival is famous for sweet buns, with the event culminating with a Bun Scrambling Competition to climb 60-ft bamboo towers. The other highlight of the festival is the Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade where local school children in billowing costumes on floats parade through the island’s streets.
The festival’s origins began with a plague that devastated Cheung Chau in the late Qing dynasty (1644–1911). The islanders built an altar in front of the Pak Tai Temple and petitioned the god Pak Tai to drive off the evil spirits besieging the island, while parading statues of deities through the narrow lanes of their village. The plague ended after the performance of these Taoist rituals and 100 years later the rituals are still performed in a festival that is listed as an intangible part of China’s cultural heritage.
The Pik Siu Parade will be held on 3 May, from 2-4pm. The Bun Scrambling Competition will be held from 11.30pm-12.30am on 3 May. Take the ferry from Central Pier 5 to Cheung Chau.