Bun Festival (Con't) - Chinese Opera
Fondest memory: Traditional Cantonese opera performance on the stage at the centre of the square, non-stop from dust till dawn throughout the Bun Festival. The temporary altar is decorated with several enormous effigies of deities and giant incense sticks, creating an extraordinary display.
Fondest memory: One of Hong Kong's most unusual and colourful celebrations is the Bun Festival staged every year on the island of Cheung Chau. The festival usually fall in early May. A celebration dominated by sweet buns is quite a spectacle, and it is one not to be missed.
Bun Festival (Con't) - Lucky Buns
Fondest memory: When midnight came hundreds young men hurried up to the 3 bun towers, torn off all the buns, put them in bag or spread them over the crowd. This kind of activity was ceased after an accident in 1978, the bamboo structure of the bun tower bent in the middle and half fall. There are no more dreadful accident nowadays. Instead climbing up the bun towers to get one lucky bun, people nowadays buy buns from vendors.
Bun Festival (Con't) - Giant Bun Towers
Fondest memory: There are 3 giant bun towers, 16 metres high, all covered with thousands of white buns, each garnished with a red mark. They are called the "nether buns", as no one can eat them until the ghosts have had their fill, but are also referred to as the "lucky buns"' since. The locals believe that good fortune will be delivered to those who manage to get one.
Bun Festival (Con't) - Lion Dance
Fondest memory: The climax of the festival builds up gradually from the afternoon. The ceremony begins with lion and dragon dancing, martial art performance, folk dances, and parade. They proceeds from the main streets and head towards Tin Hau Temple, the "stage" for these entertainers. Visitors gather along the main streets to admire the spectacular performances.
Fondest memory: Have you ever see such a mini ambulance? It's just a little higher than a person, I guess the ambulance height is about 6'5". It looks like a toy more than a car! You probably cannot see such mini ambulance in other place in the world, except in Cheung Chau. If you can find the same, please let me know!
Bun Festival (Con't) - Ghost Transportation
Fondest memory: Soon after the impressive parade starts, the statues of various ghosts in different temples on the island are then respectfully transported to the square, where they are worshipped by the inhabitants.
Fondest memory: Although the island is more to a tourist spot nowadays, fishing remains the island's main industry. You will not be disappointed to see lotsa Chinese junks and sampans crowding the island's small-curving harbor.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Favorite thing: Fresh air, friendly people, nice 1 hour trip to there by ship, spawn paste
Fondest memory: Cheung Chau Bun Festival is wonderful!:
Go Early to Secure a Viewing Seat
Fondest memory: The ceremony is crowded with people early in the morning. Make sure you go there early and secure a "good" place for viewing the parade in the afternoon.