Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Tong the target at Cheung Chau Bun Festival parade

A boy dressed as ex-ICAC chief Timothy Tong Hin-ming, makes light of the corruption allegations surrounding the former graft-buster during the Cheung Chau Bun Festival yesterday. The props used to mock Tong, who allegedly treated mainland officials to lavish entertainment, included a bowl of dried seafood and eight HK$1,000 notes. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A float mocking the embattled former ICAC boss was the centrepiece of yesterday's Cheung Chau Bun Festival parade. But the annual tradition of sending up political figures may have seen its last incarnation, with the island's sole float-maker announcing his retirement.

Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 4:42am

Rubber duck stars at Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Technology ensured there were enough buns. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

That Rubber Duck is at it again - after stealing the hearts of Hongkongers since sailing into the harbour, it is stealing the show at Cheung Chau's Bun Festival. And while the traditional buns stamped with the iconic "peace" logo continued to be a big hit, rubber ducks could be seen in the parade and on various products on sale.

18 May 2013 - 4:56am

Cheung Chau Bun Festival gets in the mood for good food

Brothers Ellis (left) and Jamie Newell will perform as the humble farmer and British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver respectively. Photo: Nora Tam

An unusual twist is in store at this year's Cheung Chau Bun Festival parade, with a little Jamie Oliver taking part in the festivities.

The Piu Sik, or floating parade, usually includes only local-themed floats, but this Friday's festival embraces Oliver to share the message of healthy eating and reducing food waste, as part of the Cheung Chau Women's Association's float.

16 May 2013 - 3:40am

Talking points

Sharp expected to announce China job cuts

Sharp expected to announce China job cuts

14 May 2013 - 2:57am

Children scale new heights on Cheung Chau bun tower

Four-year-old Wong Yuen-yan scales the bun tower outside Pak Tai Temple on Cheung Chau island yesterday. The event allowed children to climb the metal tower to be used for this Saturday's bun-scrambling contest during the island's popular Bun Festival. The plucky little girl managed to climb to the top of the structure, which was about 18 metres high, and won the applause of onlookers. Photo: Dickson Lee

Dozens of children yesterday scaled the metal tower to be used for this week's bun-scrambling contest in Cheung Chau.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am

Bun scramble gets new 'full pockets of lucky buns' award

The Cheung Chau bun-scrambling contest will have an extra award this year for the person who manages to get the most buns. Photo: KY Cheng

This year’s bun-scrambling contest, which has had a record number of entrants, will feature an additional prize.

The competition, a highlight of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival on May 17, will have an extra award this year for the person who manages to get the most buns.

8 May 2013 - 4:03pm

Policy urged to safeguard festivals and traditions

The government is being urged to draw up a policy to ensure survival of the city's festivals and traditions.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Plenty of buns for 70,000 visitors

Organisers are expecting a bumper crowd of 70,000 people at this year's Cheung Chau Bun Festival - 20,000 more than last year.

'This year, the festival falls on a weekend, so that will certainly bring more people out,' said Ho Lai-on, director of the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Hip Hot Hong Kong

Spring season

Get ready to jump for joy at the 360 Pogo Jumpathon.

8 May 2015 - 12:15pm

Buns away as scramblers warm up

Cheung Chau native and four-time champion Kwok Ka-ming is steeling himself to regain the 'bun-scrambling king' title as one of the city's cultural highlights approaches.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Boat fleet makes Tin Hau day a spectacle

A fleet of 40 brightly decorated fishing vessels will tour Victoria Harbour next week as the Tourism Board seeks to turn the annual celebration of the sea goddess Tin Hau's birthday into a tourist attraction.

In the first such spectacle, next Friday the boats will sail from Hung Hom to the 700-year-old 'big temple' in Joss House Bay, Sai Kung.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

The heavy costs of keeping alive HK's cultural festivals

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival, the Tai O dragon boat water parade, the Tai Hang fire dragon dance, and the Yu Lan Ghost festival.

All four events this year finally made the list of national intangible cultural heritage. Unfortunately, the benefits of the honour are pretty intangible too.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Cultural festivals must be preserved

The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance has been an obscurity in Hong Kong, a once-yearly Hakka festival little known outside its community despite 130 years of history. But its listing, along with three other local festivals, as a national intangible cultural heritage has changed that.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Appreciating teacher's influence

I emigrated from the mainland to Hong Kong as a secondary school pupil.

I learned only so much in Form One and hoped to pass the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in three years. If I failed, I feared I might have to face life as a low-skilled worker.

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Four festivals on national heritage list

Four traditional Hong Kong festivals have been placed on the national list of intangible cultural heritage.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am