Giant tower of pink and white steamed buns

The lucky buns, filled with lotus paste, were originally placed on 3 bamboo towers outside the Pak Tai Temple in Cheung Chau off Hong Kong every May as a celebration.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival began way back in the Qing Dynasty (大清Great Qing 1644–1912 ) to make amends with the spirit world and calm the restless spirits.

The bun festival is a week long celebration which includes the bun scrambling competition where participants scramble up towers covered in buns, trying to grab them. The winner is the person who has the most buns from the highest part of the tower.
Traditionally the towers were constructed of bamboo but after the collapse of a tower in 1978, which injured many people, the competition was closed. It was re opened in 2005 with just 12 competitors climbing one single steel constructed Bun Mountain.

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Bun scrambling in 1961 on the 3 towers.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Where is Cheung Chau - never heard of it/ What is Qing Dynasty - I know Han, never heard opf Qing! Love the picture.


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