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New-look bun tower has islanders grappling with history
Polly Hui
01 May 2005
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Cheung Chau's traditional bun scrambling event is set to return after a 26-year hiatus on May 16. The highlight of the island's annual Bun Festival will be revived in a safer form, using a new steel tower. (HK Government Photos)

It took more than an appetite for fun and mountaineering skills to climb Cheung Chau's new, improved bun tower yesterday.

A sense of history was required as the traditional bun scrambling event - scrapped in 1978 after the bamboo towers collapsed injuring more than 100 climbers and onlookers - returned to the island.

Yesterday was training day for the 48 contestants in the first Bun Scrambling Competition for almost three decades. Today that number will be whittled down to the 12 who will take part in the event at midnight on May 16.

Once the highlight of the annual Bun Festival, it was held to appease the spirits of those killed by a plague in the 19th century.

Former fisherman Wan Kee, 45, who used to compete in the event, said he was so excited about its revival that he had rushed to become the first applicant.

"The climb was very meaningful for me because it reminded me of the old days in Cheung Chau," he said.

Liu Hiu-ying, who was the fastest to scale the 14-metre tower, said it was a historic moment for her as the competition was opened to women for the first time.

"I am happy that the game is conducted in a much safer manner and accepts women," she said.

Then it was my turn.

A Cheung Chau native who was present as an infant when the towers collapsed in 1978, I put on a safety harness and was sent up to the base of the tower with a pull of the rope by my instructor.

Holding onto the horizontal rings of the structure, made of bamboo and steel, I realised I did not have much confidence in the traditional material. "Can I trust the bamboo?" I shouted down to my instructor.

I was midway through when I decided to suppress my fear of heights and take in the view.

On my left was the Pak Tai Temple, which worships the highest deities of the Bun Festival. On my left was a tranquil sea lined with junks. On the nights of May 15 and 16, islanders will make their offerings and perform Taoist rituals for fishermen lost to the sea.

What would the Pak Tai deities and the lost souls think about us climbing a rocket-like steel tower?

By the time I reached the top my legs were shaking uncontrollably.

I am not sure whether this structure, which has become the talk of the island lately, can be called our tradition. But at least it might make people think a little about this small island's heritage.
 

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Island gears up for bun climb influx
Indoor screens will be put up to broadcast the midnight revelry at the tower as visitors descend on Cheung Chau
Polly Hui
12 May 2005
South China Morning Post

Two large indoor screens will be put up at Cheung Chau to broadcast the bun scrambling competition at midnight on Sunday in anticipation of the thousands expected to flock to the island to witness the return of the tradition.

It is understood that only 1,000 spectators will be allowed to watch the 12 finalists climb the 14-metre steel tower at the football pitch next to Pak Tai Temple. Those who fail to get in can view the contest live on screens at the two government sports complexes on Tai Hing Tai Road and Cheung Chau Sports Road. The venues are expected to accommodate 1,200 people.

The bun snatch contest - traditionally the highlight of the annual Bun Festival - was banned in 1978 after a bamboo tower collapsed and injured 100 climbers and onlookers. The steel tower was erected by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department this year, following islanders' demand for a revival of the game last year.

Although the turnout at the parade, to be held at 1.30pm on Sunday, is expected to be at least 50,000, organisers think that a significant portion of the crowd will have left the island by midnight.

New World First Ferry Services will run two large ferries to Central after the bun climb.

But there is concern that the live broadcast will put off visitors.

"I may need to consider again whether I should go if I have to watch it on the screen instead of at the scene, which is what the game is all about," said Fiona Ching Pak-yan, a welfare officer in a non-governmental organisation.

Meanwhile, tourist accommodation on the island is almost booked up.

The Bella Vista Villas on the East Beach, which has been virtually deserted after witnessing a string of charcoal-burning suicides, will see the return of hundreds of holidaymakers. The owner of about 30 flats at the Villas said all but one flat was rented a few weeks ago, even at double the rate.

Festival organisers said most of the 1,000 VIP tickets for watching the parade from a bamboo stand - with prices ranging from $80 to $120 - were sold out more than a month ago. The rest of the tickets were given to special guests, including Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, this year's guest of honour.

Sunny Yuen Chi-sun, senior operations manager overseeing China and Hong Kong routes at Hong Thai Travel Services, said half the 700 people who booked their local tours on Sunday were heading for the Bun Festival. At the cost of $349 per head, visitors will sail to Lamma Island in the morning and then to Cheung Chau.

Although the fee is more than double that of their normal island-hopping tours, the tours were almost fully booked a month ago.

"Only about 30 places are left. The cost is higher than other times since we will use luxury boats and will guarantee our customers a standing spot in a spectator stand," said Mr Yuen.
 

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Get set for Cheung Chau Plastic Bun Festival
13 February 2007
South China Morning Post

Cheung Chau's bun scramble may have been revived, but its main ingredient will no longer be edible. Hailing what they called a new era, organisers of the island's bun festival yesterday announced they would be using plastic buns - because they would look nicer and create less mess.

"The decision has been made out of aesthetic and environmental concerns," said Islands District Council chairman Daniel Lam Wai-keung. The buns would look and weigh exactly the same as the real thing, he said.

Mr Lam said the move was the result of brainstorming by the council and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Having plastic buns would mean the bun towers would not become ugly and messy when competitors climbed them in a race to grab the topmost buns, he said.

"The cost will be the same as making real buns. We didn't do it to save money," he said. "The buns look ugly after the climb. In future the tower will look nice, even after the contest."

Between 8,000 and 10,000 plastic buns will be made. As long as they were in good condition they might be reused, Mr Lam said.

The real thing will still be used for the smaller bun towers used for worship during the festival, to be held between May 12 and 25.

Howard Chan Pui-hoe, an independent curator involved in the Community Museum Project, which focuses on local social history, called the decision ridiculous.

He said the government and many other people were too keen to sanitise the city and sacrifice the essence of traditional practices.

"Rituals evolve, but we must respect and preserve their spirit. People eat the buns after climbing the tower. By replacing real buns with plastic ones, they are changing the spirit of the traditional practice."

The annual event draws tens of thousands of people. The government revived the bun-snatching contest two years ago after a 27-year ban, imposed after a bamboo tower collapsed, injuring 100 people. Steel A-frames have replaced the bamboo cones and the race and number of competitors is strictly controlled.

Traditionally, competitors tried to grab as many buns as possible and would clamber over rivals to get to the topmost ones, which were considered the best.

Islanders believed the buns, filled with lotus seed paste, could cure disease and bring good luck. Afterwards the buns were distributed to onlookers, who ate them.
 

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Thousands set to hit island for bun festival
Hong Kong Standard
Thursday, May 08, 2008

Transport officials are bracing for an expected surge of visitors to Cheung Chau on Monday to attend the annual bun festival on the island.

The Buddha's Birthday extravaganza comprises a bun scrambling competition at midnight for carefully selected individuals and teams, as well as an afternoon parade of floats.

At least 20,000 visitors are expected to flock to Cheung Chau by ferry, boosting the number of spectators to 50,000.

Senior transport officer Polly Chan Siu-mui assured would-be visitors that transportation arrangements would be adequate as the Transport Department was in close contact with the ferry and bus companies.

An additional late night ferry from Cheung Chau to Central has been put on for spectators leaving the bun scrambling event about 1.15am on May 13.

Extra ferry trips will be arranged if necessary.

A special cross-harbor bus route, 104R, will depart from Pier 5 in Central to Mong Kok starting at 12.30am for those returning from Cheung Chau.

Some overnight bus services will be rerouted to operate via Pier 5 as well.

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.

Chan estimated traffic peak hours into Cheung Chau would be around 11am for the parade of floats, which starts at 2pm and ends at 4pm.

The bun scrambling competition was reintroduced in 2005.

Instead of real buns, plastic replicas costing HK$6 each will be used for the second time in the interests of safety and for environment friendliness.

Twelve individual finalists and eight relay teams from Cheung Chau and elsewhere will scramble for the 9,000 buns hung on a "bun mountain."

For safety reasons, only 1,500 ticket holders will be admitted to the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground where the competition takes place.

The tickets will be distributed at Pak She First Lane, near Cheung Chau Fire Station, from 9.45pm on Monday.

Several TV channels will broadcast the 40-minute event live at midnight.

The police will mobilize 80 officers to keep order while medical services provided by St John's Ambulance Association Haw Pak Hospital (Cheung Chau) will be strengthened.

The Auxiliary Medical Service, Civil Aid Service and Government Flying Service will also be on standby to provide assistance if necessary.
 

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竹棚不再 膠包上陣


(明報) 05月 08日 星期四 05:10AM

【明報專訊】自1978年5月搶包山活動發生意外後,搶包山活動一直被禁止,基於安全理由,「搶包」變成了「派包」。及至2005年,長洲 居民終於接納政府建議,以結構工程師認可的物料和方法搭建包

山,並諮詢了香港屋宇署 、香港建築署、香港工程師學會及香港攀山總會的意見,以鋼架作為包山內部的支撐結構,並以竹枝作外部裝飾,參加者須參與攀山訓練及經選拔賽挑選,比賽時亦須佩戴安全繩以策安全。

重辦搶包山首兩年,包山上依舊會掛上真的平安包,但由於平安包會受雨水或潮濕天氣影響,變得濕滑且容易發霉,因此自2007年起改用大小與真包相同的「軟膠仿真包」代替。康文署 指出,比賽後會遺棄部分損膠包,並把逾千個膠包派給當晚入場觀賽的市民,餘下的則留待來年循環再用,因此即使膠包的造價為7元,較真包貴兩元,亦物有所值。

「現時搶包山像體育遊戲」

2004年,時任長洲太平清醮 籌委會主席李漢城於申請重辦搶包山活動失敗時,批評康文署要求攀包山者須佩戴頭盔及安全帶,會破壞活動氣氛,或多或少侮辱傳統,倒不如取消活動。香港中文大學 歷史系教授蔡志祥則認為,復辦搶包山只是一種表演,已經沒有儀式的神聖部分。長洲居民梁先生指現今的搶包山活動不夠正統,「從前搶的是真包,會帶回家中拜神,現在的搶包山則像體育遊戲」。
 

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Olympic Ride for Bun Festival
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

More than 20,000 visitors filled ferries and strolled the streets of Cheung Chau yesterday to mark the island's annual Bun Festival.

Although the figure was similar to last year's event, the flood of revelers forced First Ferry to boost the frequency of its services and extend its schedule past midnight to accommodate those watching the midnight bun scramble.

The festival, which coincides with Buddha's Birthday, kicked off at 2pm with a two-hour parade led by the island's patron deity Pak Tai.

A bedlam of gongs and drums moved through the crowds as well as a few hundred lion and dragon dancers.

Children, seemingly suspended in midair but comfortably secured to steel frames, served as the highlight of the procession - and Olympic Games fever was evident in their attire.

The children were selected from kindergartens or nominated by island residents. The parade, complete with its own mock torch relay and Brazilian carnivale dancers, also boasted two floating children dressed as the two leading ladies in the recent Legislative Council election, Anson Chan Fang On-sang and Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee.

Twelve climbers took part in the signature event, a scramble up a 14-meter tower covered with plastic buns.
 

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Warning letter burns hopes over bun sales
The Standard
Monday, May 09, 2011



Cheung Chau bun makers fear sales may slump by 30 percent tomorrow at the island's famous festival - thanks to a health and safety decision.

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has warned that the stamping of buns with fortune messages outside bakeries will no longer be tolerated.

It has issued a written warning to the island's two bun makers - Kwok Kam Kee Cake Shop and Grand Plaza Cake Shop - outlawing the continuation of the "unhygienic practice."

The shops fear the strict requirement will cut bun supplies by about 10,000 at the popular festival.

The department received complaints that the two shops have been stamping messages on buns outside their premises and sent inspectors to check.

"Our staff visited the shops and did not find any violations. We reminded them not to handle food outside their licensed area or they will be prosecuted," a department spokeswoman said.

Hong Kong Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-Chun said the issue may affect tourist arrivals, but he backs the department in view of food safety.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee chairman Yung Chi-ming unsuccessfully tried to mediate with the department, Grand Plaza Cake Shop spokesman Lee Chi-wai said.

"Such actions will upset tourists who come to Cheung Chau for the festival. Fewer supplies will mean much longer queues, leading some people to decide against buying the buns," Lee said.

He expects both the production and sales of buns to fall by 30 percent compared to last year.

Kwok Kam Kee Cake Shop could not be reached for comment.

According to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the annual bun- scrambling competition up towers will be held on the football pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground. The opening ceremony will begin at 11.30pm and the competition will take place at midnight.

Climbing practice will be provided for all participants.

In addition to the individual event, an invitation relay will be held for athletes from surrounding areas and local groups in Cheung Chau.
 

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LCQ16: Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Government Press Release

Following is a written reply by the Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, to a question by the Hon Paul Tse in the Legislative Council today (May 25):

Question:

Regarding the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, which has successfully drawn tens of thousands of citizens and visitors from the Mainland and abroad every year, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) as it has been reported that earlier, the lack of policy co-ordination between the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) and the Home Affairs Department has resulted in inflexible law enforcement, affecting the traditional Cheung Chau Bun Festival which has all along been popular among local citizens and overseas visitors for many years, in that one of the bakeries selling lucky buns stamped with peace messages for the festival decided to close its business on the May 10 during the Cheung Chau Bun Festival this year to protest against the inflexible law enforcement practices of FEHD, causing visitors who wished to seek "symbolic blessings" to wait for several hours in order to buy lucky buns and thus spoiling the mood of the tourists, whether the Government will look into ways to improve the problem of insufficient co-ordination among government departments and exercise discretion in law enforcement under special and viable circumstances so as to enable similar large-scale tourism events to come to full fruition;

(b) given that in recent years, the number of citizens and tourists coming to the Cheung Chau Bun Festival has increased each year, coupled with the fact that the parade-in-the-air is usually performed under high temperature, and there were even suspected cases of visitors suffering from heat stroke this year while watching the parade, whether the Government has any plan to improve the transportation, medical and other ancillary facilities on the island, so as to further spice up this spectacular tourism event with local characteristics;

(c) as some members of the public have pointed out that the success of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival demonstrates that as long as events have local characteristics, it is sufficient for them to be developed into "sustainable" iconic tourism events, and that the authorities need not spend huge amounts of public money to launch massive promotional campaigns to "boost" "spectacular events" which are large in scale but lack cultural characteristics, whether the Government will make reference to the success of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival and thoroughly review the policy under which hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year on tourism promotion;

(d) given that it has been reported that the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), used the Internet as the main platform to promote this year's Cheung Chau Bun Festival and the overall promotion expenditure was not large, thus achieving cost effectiveness with "maximum effect and minimum cost", whether it knows the amount of promotion expenditure made by HKTB for this year's Cheung Chau Bun Festival; whether HKTB will consider extending such mode of promotion to other events, such as the annual Chinese New Year Night Parade and Summer Concert, etc. so as to effectively utilise the annual funding for promotion which amounts to hundreds of millions; if so, of the details of the plans; if not, the reasons for that;

(e) whether the Tourism Commission and HKTB had tried to join hands with registered travel agencies to promote the Cheung Chau Bun Festival as a spectacular tourism event in the past three years; if they had, of the details of the promotional policies; if not, the reasons for that; and

(f) as in the floats of the parade-in-the-air which is the highlight of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival this year, some children imitated situations such as "the Financial Secretary and the Chief Executive handing out candies", "crabs being hard-pressed under a rock" and "on guard against radiation", and have struck a chord with the public, whether the Tourism Commission and HKTB will use the Cheung Chau Bun Festival's special characteristics of making iconic mockeries of the current affairs as a selling point to step up promotion of the Festival?

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President,

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival is a cultural celebration of long history and full of local characteristics. The event, which was successfully staged on May 10 this year, attracts many local residents and overseas tourists annually.

My reply to the six parts of the question is as follows:

(a) and (b) The Cheung Chau Bun Festival is organised by Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee. As a large number of tourists are attracted to Cheung Chau by the event every year, the Islands District Office co-ordinates the effort of relevant government departments to make appropriate arrangements on aspects such as marine traffic control, crowd control, emergency medical services and additional hygiene facilities (such as temporary toilets). The Islands District Office will improve and strengthen its co-ordination work with relevant departments with reference to the experience gained from the festival each year.

The lucky buns incident which occurred during the Cheung Chau Bun Festival this year falls within the enforcement responsibilities of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD). The co-ordination work of the Islands District Office does not involve enforcement action of individual departments. FEHD is responsible for ensuring food safety to safeguard public health. Since April 16, 2011, FEHD has received eight complaints (two of which were referred by the Legislative Council Secretariat) against the shops at Pak She Street, Cheung Chau and its vicinity for the manufacturing and handling of lucky buns outside the shops.

Upon receipt of the complaints, FEHD staff carried out follow-up inspections to the licensed food premises in Pak She Street, Cheung Chau and its vicinity, but no irregularities were detected. However, in view of the complaints received, FEHD staff had advised the persons-in-charge to refrain from carrying on food manufacturing and handling outside the licensed area. During the course of inspection, no warning was issued and no enforcement action was taken.

In fact, FEHD received a similar complaint last year and no irregularities were detected during the follow-up investigation. As an enforcement agency, FEHD has to act according to the law to safeguard food safety. If the licensed food premises concerned have any proposals to improve their business operation, they should ensure that the manufacturing and handling of the lucky buns would comply with the relevant food safety and hygiene requirements. FEHD would be pleased to offer advice on such proposals.

(c) The Government has been working with the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) to actively develop and promote Hong Kong's cultural tourism so as to achieve a more diverse portfolio of tourism products and to enhance Hong Kong's overall attractiveness as a premier tourist destination.

During the year, HKTB rolls out different mega events and large-scale activities, including local events, traditional festivals and international arts, sports and cultural activities, and bundles them under various promotional campaigns. For example, the four traditional festivals in April and May, namely the birthdays of Tin Hau, Lord Buddha and Tam Kung and the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, are packaged by HKTB under its "Hong Kong Cultural Celebrations" promotion to showcase Hong Kong's cultural characteristics. As regards mega events like the New Year Countdown Celebrations, Chinese New Year Parade, etc, which are organised by HKTB, they are very popular among overseas visitors and serve to build up Hong Kong's image as a city of endless excitement. All these events attract considerable coverage by the international media and help enhance the attractiveness of the city. At the same time, these events provide Hong Kong's travel trade and other related sectors with opportunities to launch tourism products of different themes, creating further business for the trade.

(d) HKTB's latest revised estimated expenditure for the promotion of the "Hong Kong Cultural Celebrations" in 2011 is about $2.8 million. Major activities include the followings:

* produced and uploaded a fun viral video on the Cheung Chau Bun Festival onto YouTube, Tudou, Sina Video and other online video sharing sites; promoted this video on online social media platforms, such as Sina Weibo, and encouraged viral sharing by the public;

* by adopting a focused approach and targeting visitors with an interest in traditional festivals (such as long-haul visitors), HKTB, in collaboration with the local travel trades in the target markets, promoted travel itineraries which covered these festivals;

* displayed posters, banners and other publicity materials at major ports of entry; arranged a Cheung Chau Bun Festival mascot to greet visitors at the Hong Kong International Airport so as to create a festive atmosphere to the visitors; and

* produced a dedicated website and activities guide on the "Hong Kong Cultural Celebrations", to introduce details of the festivals and to encourage visitors to take part in the festivals in various districts.

In view of the popularity of the social media, HKTB will strengthen its digital marketing efforts in 2011-12 to publicise Hong Kong through creative means. It also plans to invite famous twitter users and bloggers to visit Hong Kong and share their experience, and to encourage Internet users to spread and share twitter and blog entries.

Digital marketing and traditional marketing channels serve to complement each other. The major purpose of utilising digital marketing is to ride on the viral effect on the Internet, so as to reach more consumers, especially potential visitors, with a view to maximising the impact of HKTB's promotion.

In devising its promotional strategies and channels for each campaign, HKTB will take into account the scale of the project, as well as the target markets and visitor segments. Taking the annual Hong Kong Summer Spectacular and WinterFest as examples, HKTB will make use of the Internet to complement advertising, public relations activities and consumer promotion, such as road shows. Further to these, HKTB will collaborate with the trade to promote travel itineraries and special offers, in order to achieve maximum exposure and publicity for the campaigns and Hong Kong as a whole.

(e) Each year, HKTB issues circulars to the travel trades, including local travel agencies, to notify them of the programmes of the promotional campaigns, including the four traditional festivals during April and May. HKTB also encourages the travel trade to develop festival-themed tour products and incorporate them into the travel itineraries for visitors to experience the fun-filled festivals. This year, a number of guided tours themed on the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, such as "Bun Festival Tour", "Cheung Chau Island Floating Colours Parade and Lamma Island Fishing Village 1-Day Tour", have been organised by the local travel agencies.

(f) The floating colours parade, which is full of local characteristics, is one of the highlights of HKTB's promotion of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival. This year, with the support of the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee, HKTB produced a fun viral video to tell the story behind the parade. HKTB will continue to promote events and activities in Hong Kong that cater for visitors' interests and preferences.
 

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Applications for Bun Scrambling Competition to close this Friday
Monday, February 27, 2012
Government Press Release

Climbers shouldn't miss the chance to join this year's Bun Scrambling Competition, the finale of the 2012 Bun Carnival. Applications will close this Friday (March 2).

Bun scrambling is one of the highlights of the Cheung Chau Jiao Festival and also a well-known traditional festive event in Hong Kong. The event will be held on the soccer pitch, Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau, on the evening of April 28.

To celebrate the successful inscription of the Cheung Chau Jiao Festival onto the Third National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2011 and to promote this part of local festive culture, this year's champion, first runner-up and second runner-up in the men's team event and the champion in the women's team event will be awarded trophies named in honour of the inscription.

Prospectuses and enrolment forms for the competition are available for collection at the 18 District Leisure Services Offices of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), various sports centres in the Islands District, or from supporting organisations. They can also be downloaded from the LCSD website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/specials/bun2012/en/index.php .

Physically fit people aged 18 or above are welcome to take part in the event. Applicants should return the completed enrolment forms by hand or mail them to the Islands District Leisure Services Office of the LCSD at Room 622, 6/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong, on or before March 2. Completed forms can also be faxed to the office on 2854 3949.

The maximum number of entrants for the Bun Scrambling Competition is 200. If the applications received exceed the quota, places will be allocated by ballot. Priority will be given to applicants who live, work or study on Cheung Chau.

The China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union will provide climbing and safety training sessions for successful applicants on April 8 and 14. Applicants must attend one of the training sessions before participating in the selection of finalists in the afternoon of April 15.

A total of 12 participants (comprising nine males and three females) with the best results in the selection can enter the final competition, to be held from 11.30pm on April 28 to about 12.30am on April 29. Contestants have to scramble for the buns on the bun tower, which carry different scores, within a time limit. The one with the highest total score will be the winner. The men's team and the women's team will be ranked separately.

As in previous years, local organisations on Cheung Chau and athletes from Hong Kong's neighbouring regions will take part in the Bun Scrambling Invitation Relay, to be held immediately after the individual competition, to demonstrate to members of the public their bun tower climbing skills. The teams will compete in the relay and each member will climb the bun tower in sequence to grab designated buns. The winning team will be the one that completes the task in the shortest time. It will also be awarded a trophy named in honour of the successful inscription of the Cheung Chau Jiao Festival onto the Third National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The 2012 Bun Carnival is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee and the LCSD, 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, A.S. Watson Water and the Islands District Council.

The carnival this year will be held between April 8 and 29. Training sessions for the climbing the bun tower will mark the launch of the carnival, while a splendid array of activities including selection of finalists for the competition and the Climbing Carnival will come after. Of course, the highlight event is the Bun Scrambling Competition, to be held on the night of the Buddha's birthday.

For enquiries on activities at the 2012 Bun Carnival, please contact the Islands District Leisure Services Office of the LCSD at 2852 3220, or visit the department's website.
 

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長洲搶包山報名未滿額
2012年03月03日(六)


【本報訊】一年一度長洲太平清醮搶包山比賽報名昨日結束。截至昨午為止,康樂及文化事務署總共收到一百八十六人報名,當中男參賽者一百四十二人,女參賽者四十四人;大會安排在四月十五日為健兒們舉行選拔賽,成績最好的前十二人可以進入決賽,於四月二十八日晚在長洲包山嘉年華壓軸項目中,爭奪男子組冠、亞、季軍及女子冠軍。

搶包山的參賽名額預定為二百人,報名人數不滿額。康文署發言人解釋,報名人數僅截至昨午五時為止,預計郵寄的報名表格下周會陸續收到,屆時人數會有所調整。
 

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4.28太平清醮 7萬人逼爆長洲
2012年04月09日(一)






被列為第三批國家級非物質文化遺產名錄的長洲太平清醮將於本月二十八日舉行,諷刺時弊的飄色造型令巡遊成為當晚重頭戲之一。主辦單位料熱鬧景象將吸引近七萬人次前來,勢「逼爆」長洲。去年食物環境衞生署禁止在店外為平安包蓋印,導致商戶杯葛罷賣抗議,該署日前已向商戶發出臨時牌照,讓各餅店設臨時工場為平安包蓋印,有供應平安包商戶歡迎此做法,認為是「一家便宜兩家着」。

「我都怕到時長洲容納唔到咁多遊客!」長洲太平清醮值理會主席翁志明表示,太平清醮的遊客人數每年均有上升,加上活動近年深受內地遊客歡迎,料今年人數更會突破至七萬人,恐長洲難以容納大量人潮,出現「塞唔落」情況,為防引發混亂,大會會與警方合作控制人流及秩序。

平安包照舊賣七蚊

去年食環署以違反衞生規定,禁止商戶在店外為平安包蓋印,引發個別商戶關門罷賣抗議,令一眾遊客大感掃興。為免紛爭,該署已於一個月前與商戶開會,並發出臨時牌照讓店舖繼續賣包,並讓他們設臨時工場為平安包蓋印。

長洲其中一間供應平安包老字號郭錦記,其負責人郭錦華表示,食環署人員已於日前向他發出臨時牌照。「呢個安排都幾好!」他坦言今次彈性安排好讓他可把原店對面舖位用作臨時工場,免卻因餅店地方不足而需把平安包擺出街外蓋印的麻煩。

郭錦華又說,店舖現時已接獲三至四萬個平安包定單,銷情理想。雖然平安包成本受食材價格影響上升一成,但售價仍維持每個包賣七元,強調不會將成本轉嫁至消費者身上。
 

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9男3女健兒 4.28決戰包山
2012年04月16日(一)


長洲一年一度盛事搶包山決賽於本月二十八日晚舉行,大會昨日安排一眾參賽者舉行選拔賽,不少賽前大熱均入圍,順利進身搶包山決賽,包括去年因跣腳失落決賽資格的郭嘉明、上屆「包山王」張文翔及「蜘蛛女」鄭麗莎。其中最年輕的女將黃可欣本是陪朋友一起參賽,無心插柳下入圍感到分外驚喜,但她稱,要忙於應付校內功課,未有計劃為比賽加強訓練。

今屆搶包山比賽共有二百零九人報名,康文署昨日在長洲北帝廟足球場舉行選拔賽,共八十三人出席參加,爭取進身決賽,角逐「包山王」、「包山后」殊榮。選拔賽中最短時間攀上十四米高包山架的參賽者為優勝,當中僅得九男三女獲得決賽資格。

20歲科大女生最年輕

到場參賽者中精英芸芸,他們施展渾身解數,務求可獲得決賽資格,當中不少攀爬好手不消十秒旋即攀至最高點,但間中亦有參加者失手跣腳,場面險象環生,吸引不少遊人圍觀趁熱鬧。

選拔賽由曾奪四屆冠軍的郭嘉明以七秒六八最佳時間得第一名,而去年「包山王」張文翔則以不足一秒之差的八秒零三屈居第二,其餘七名入圍男參賽者,亦做出八秒零九至九秒一零的佳績,時間相差極少,相信決賽必定競爭激烈。

女子組方面,大熱門「蜘蛛女」鄭麗莎憑十秒四五佳績首名出線,另外兩名躋身決賽的女參賽者分別為黃嘉欣、黃可欣,分別做出十二秒零八及十四秒四八的時間。

入圍決賽參加者中,年紀最輕並就讀科技大學的黃可欣只得二十歲,她坦言首次參加搶包山比賽,原意只為了陪朋友,豈料能脫穎而出:「原本只係陪朋友,點知一試就得咗!」擁有三年攀石運動經驗的她笑言,決賽當晚與眾多高手同場競技,難免有點膽怯。她說,未有計劃為賽事加強體能訓練,原因是要應付校內繁瑣的功課:「學校功課太多,已經無時間做訓練!」
 

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下周六搶包山晚上10時派飛
2012年04月19日(四)


【本報訊】長洲太平清醮去年成功被列為第三批國家級非物質文化遺產,該項活動的重頭戲是搶包山,今年搶包山將於下周六晚上舉行,主辦單位預計屆時將有七萬人次到長洲,勢將出現人頭湧湧的墟冚場面。大會當晚十時開始向市民派發一千六百五十張欣賞搶包山比賽的入場券,渡輪及巴士公司則於比賽後,加開班次疏導人潮。

1650入場券先到先得

一年一度的搶包山比賽將於下周六晚上十一時三十分至翌日零時三十分舉行,由九男三女爭奪包山王、包山后的美譽,賽後將有三隊來自廣州、深圳及澳門的隊伍,與本港健兒進行搶包山接力邀請賽。

康樂文化及事務署總康樂事務經理(新界西)鄧敏華指大會今年會於長洲消防局附近,以先到先得形式向市民派發一千六百五十張入場券。由於今年搶包山比賽適逢假日,預計到長洲的人流會較去年多,約達七萬人次,大會會派出一百三十多人於場內維持秩序,警方當日亦會派出兩隊機動部隊及警員巡邏。

民政事務總署離島民政事務助理專員譚雨川表示,當日飛行服務隊會隨時候命,在遇有意外時接載傷者到就近醫院。另當局現正處理兩間餅店就售賣平安包的臨時牌照申請。

另外,飄色巡遊亦會於當日下午舉行,香港長洲太平清醮值理會主席翁志明稱,目前暫收到十八台飄色表演的申請,但無透露會否包括以「貪曾」為主題的表演,只表示部分表演會繼續以諷刺時弊為主題。下周日長洲亦會舉辦攀爬嘉年華,市民可致電2852 3220康文署離島區康樂事務辦事處查詢詳情。
 

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Bun Scrambling Competition to be held this Saturday
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Government Press

The key highlight of Cheung Chau Jiao Festival - the Bun Scrambling Competition - will be held at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau, this Saturday (April 28).

The competition will kick off at midnight after the 11.30pm opening ceremony. Members of the public will have the opportunity to witness how the bun scramblers vie for championships.

To celebrate the successful inscription of the Cheung Chau Jiao Festival onto the Third National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2011, this year's champion, the first runner-up and second runner-up in the men's team event, the champion in the women's team event, and the winning team in the Bun Scrambling Invitation Relay, will be awarded trophies named in honour of the inscription.

This year's competition has attracted 209 applicants, of whom 83 took part in the selection contest held on April 15. The nine male and three female contestants who climbed the bun tower in the shortest time became this year's competition finalists, and they will contend for the prizes.

The bun tower is 14 metres tall with a diameter of 3m. It is covered with bamboo sticks and studded with about 9,000 replica buns. The bun tower is divided into three zones from top to bottom and studded with buns, each carrying a score of nine, three and one respectively. Words in green, yellow and red are printed on the bottom of the buns for identification.

The scores for male and female contenders will be ranked separately. The contestants who obtain the highest total score in three minutes will be the champions.

The twelve finalists include Mr Kwok Ka-ming, Mr Cheung Man-cheung, Mr Yip Kin-man, Mr Leung Chun-kit, Mr Kwok Chun-yin, Mr Tam Kam-chau, Mr Chung Yuk-chuen, Mr Wong Tsz-kiu and Mr Man Tsun-wai in the men’s team; and Miss Cheng Lai-sho, Lisa, Miss Wong Ka-yan and Miss Wong Ho-yan in the women’s team.

The individual contest will be followed by a relay competition. Three teams from the neighbouring regions - Guangzhou Bun Scrambling Team, Shenzhen Mountaineering and Outdoor Sports Association and Clube de Escalada Guia Macau have been invited to take part in the relay. They will compete against five teams from Cheung Chau - The Petrel Athletic Association, Cheung Chau San Hing Street Kai-fong Association Ltd, Hong Kong Tai Lung Wah Residents Association, Cheung Chau Tung Tai Sun Chuen and Wing Kai Far Pau Association Ltd. Two members of each team will take turns to snatch specified buns at the top of the tower. The team that can get the specified buns within the shortest time will be the champion.

All contestants have to follow the rules of the competition. They are not allowed to carry any hard objects or any objects that can be used as offensive weapons. They must scramble up vertically and are forbidden to climb sideways or climb with the aid of others. They are not allowed to pull other participants' clothing or safety gear or step on any parts of other participants' bodies.

The soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground will be divided into five zones on the night, with one designated for invited guests and the other four for the public. Owing to limited space, the four public zones can only accommodate about 1,650 spectators, not including the invited guests. People wishing to watch the competition at the soccer pitch should queue up at Pak She First Lane, next to Cheung Chau Fire Station, and along Ping Chong Road for admission tickets, which will be distributed from 10pm on April 28. Each person can obtain one ticket on a first-come, first-served basis while tickets last. Spectators who have got their tickets should keep on queuing and wait for instructions from the Police and staff of the organisers. Admission to the venue will start from 10.30pm.

Notices will be put up on April 28 at Pier 5 in Central informing the public of the schedule and arrangements for the event. Notices and enquiry counters will also be set up at Cheung Chau Ferry Pier and at the entrance of the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground, where staff will be on hand to address public enquiries.

First Ferry will arrange an additional ferry trip from Cheung Chau to Central at 1.15am on April 29. The bus company will operate a special cross-harbour bus route, 104R, running from Pier 5 in Central to Mong Kok from about 1.10am to 2.30am. Overnight bus services departing from the Hong Kong-Macao Ferry Terminal in Central will be re-routed to operate via Pier 5 in Central from midnight to 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).

Some of the replica buns will be distributed to spectators after the competition and the rest will be re-used next year. Redemption coupons, one for each bun, will be issued to spectators for collection of the buns during office hours between May 7 and 18 at Cheung Chau Sports Centre, Praya Street Sports Centre or the Islands District Leisure Services Office in Central. Special arrangements will be made for redemption of the replica buns from 9am to noon on May 12 (Saturday) at the Islands District Leisure Services Office in Central.

People are urged to follow instructions from the Police and staff of the organisers and to be co-operative and patient in crowded places while going to Cheung Chau to have fun at this traditional festive activity.
 
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