A bun­dle of laughs at Hong Kong bun fes­ti­val

New Straits Times - - World -

HONG KONG: A dozen climbers in Hong Kong scram­bled up a 18m hight tower cov­ered with plas­tic buns in an an­nual con­test won by the first man and wo­man to reach the top with the most buns plucked off the col­umn in their as­cent.

Nearly 50,000 peo­ple flocked to Che­ung Chau is­land on Wed­nes­day, the fi­nal day of a week-long bun fes­ti­val, where they watched a “float­ing colours” pa­rade that fea­tured tra­di­tional mu­sic and lion danc­ing.

“I was ac­tu­ally quite re­laxed,” men’s cham­pion Kwok Ka-ming told Reuters. “If I’m calm I find that I can per­form bet­ter. If I’m wor­ried about not win­ning, then I find that I don’t do so well.”

Chil­dren dressed as gods and politi­cians, such as Chief Ex­ec­u­tive-elect Car­rie Lam were wheeled around on pedestals as if they were float­ing above the crowd.

The fes­ti­val, which co­in­cides with the birth­day of Bud­dha, com­mem­o­rates the sea de­ity, Pak Tai, who is cred­ited with stop­ping a plague on the is­land.

Buns sold dur­ing the fes­ti­val are filled with sweet paste made of in­gre­di­ents, such as lo­tus seed, sesame and red bean, and stamped with Chi­nese char­ac­ters that sym­bol­ise peace, health and pros­per­ity. Reuters

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Com­peti­tors climb­ing up an 18m-high tower cov­ered in plas­tic buns dur­ing the an­nual bun fes­ti­val on Che­ung Chau is­land, Hong Kong, yes­ter­day.

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