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Cheung Chau Bun Scrambling competition is now accepting applications!

By Celia Lee 27 February 2024

Header image courtesy of .怪貓. (via Wikimedia Commons)

Celebrated from 7 April to 16 May, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival is packed with cultural events, and the bun-scrambling competition is arguably the most exciting. A thrilling climbing match that puts the participants’ speed, endurance, and agility to the test on bun-covered towers, the Cheung Chau Bun Scrambling competition is not for the faint-hearted. Do you feel ready to take on the challenge? Read on to find out how to join, as the competition is now taking applications!

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Photo: Laszlo Llyes (via Wikimedia Commons)

Cheung Chau Bun Festival 2024

The annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival, originally a traditional community cleansing ceremony, has now become a month-long celebration attracting many to the small outlying island. While local inhabitants engage in ceremonial rituals and prayer, visitors can entertain themselves at game stalls, handicraft workshops, and Cantonese opera, or even scout for a good spot to observe the Piu Sik Parade. Alternatively, you can take a crack at bun tower climbing!

Photo: .怪貓. (via Wikimedia Commons)

The Cheung Chau Bun Scrambling competition

Eager participants must prepare for three stages: training, the finalists’ selection, and the actual competition. Safety training sessions will be held on 7 April to ensure all enrolled climbers are familiar with bun tower climbing techniques and relevant safety equipment. The selection day on 14 April is comprised of two rounds to determine the 12 fastest climbers to enter the final.

As the closing event of the festival, the bun scrambling competition will be held on the Pak Tai Temple Playground on 15 May. Finalists will—you guessed it—scramble for buns. Buns marked with different scores are placed at various heights on the bun tower and the climber who has amassed the buns with the highest scores will emerge victorious!

Photo: 29cm (via Wikimedia Commons)

How to apply

To apply for the Cheung Chau Bun Scrambling competition, you can collect enrolment forms from your district’s Leisure Services Offices, or the local sports centre if you live on an outlying island. Alternatively, you can download the form here. Completed forms should be returned by hand or by post to the Islands District Leisure Services Office on or before 18 March

Send in your application today and join in on the fun!

Islands District Leisure Services Office, Room 622, 6/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central

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Celia Lee

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, Celia is passionate about culture, food, and different happenings in the city. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her scouting for new and trendy restaurants, getting lost in a bookstore, or baking up a storm at home.