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Buns and healthy eating habits on the menu for "Hong Kong: Our Home" from May 13 to 19 (with photos)

     The normally tranquil Cheung Chau Island will be bursting with energy and excitement from May 14 to 18 for the annual Cheung Chau Jiao Festival, or Bun Festival, a highlight event of the "Hong Kong: Our Home" Campaign.

     During the Bun Festival tens of thousands of residents and overseas visitors will mingle on Cheung Chau to enjoy a wide range of traditional cultural delights.

     Every evening throughout the festival period visitors will be entertained by Chinese opera performances. Other traditional events will include lion and dragon dances, Kung Fu displays and Taoist rituals, which are believed to bring peace and luck to the island's residents.

     On May 17, the island's main streets will be lined with people watching the spectacular Floating Colours Parade to the sound of drums and gongs, during which children wearing colourful costumes representing legendary and modern-day heroes will be carried aloft on floats. The parade starts at 2pm and runs until about 5pm.

     For many visitors, the highlight of the festival is the 2013 Bun Carnival, including the popular Bun Scrambling Competition, which will take place at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground on May 17. At midnight, 12 finalists will race up to the top of a 14-metre high "bun tower" in a bid to collect the most buns. For more details please visit:


     Elsewhere, the launch ceremony for the Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign will be held on May 18 at Olympian City 2 in West Kowloon.

     This city-wide campaign aims to promote good practices in food waste reduction, as well as healthy and environmentally friendly eating habits.

     The Food Wise Campaign's main theme is to highlight the need to change the way we produce and consume our natural resources, so as to achieve a more sustainable environment.

     Everyone will be encouraged to do their best to reduce food waste for the benefit of the entire community.


     The "I AM HOME" Hong Kong Response Exhibition opens on May 18 and runs until June 18 at "Fly the Flyover01", 126 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong. The exhibits were showcased at the 13th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, titled "Inter Cities / Intra Cities: Ghostwriting the Future" last year. In Hong Kong, the exhibition has been renamed "I AM HOME".

     The exhibition focuses on the dynamic urban, architectural and cultural regeneration of Kowloon East. The exhibits will subsequently go on display at three other roving exhibition locations in June and July. Please visit for more information.


     In addition, the "Tuen Mun Short Video Shows" on the afternoon of May 19 will be open to the public free of charge at Tuen Mun Town Hall.

     The shows are part of a carnival with exhibitions, performances and game booths at Tuen Mun Cultural Square. The event is intended to give the general public a feel of the creativity and positive energy generated by our young people.


     In all, about 20 events will be staged this week, including the Tai Po Eco-Art Carnival on May 19 at Wishing Tree Square in Lam Tsuen, Tai Po; the Ma Shi Chau Public Geo Tour on May 19; the Spring Great Fortune Walk on May 19, and Info Days organised by the Vocational Training Council (VTC) and Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) from May 11 to 15.

     These events are all supporting the "Hong Kong: Our Home" city-wide public participation campaign which aims to inject positive energy into society, foster social cohesion and promote care, mutual help and solidarity in the community.

     "Hong Kong: Our Home" provides a platform for enhanced publicity of events and activities that engage a wide cross-section of the community and showcase Hong Kong as a liveable and enjoyable city, giving residents a greater sense of pride in their home and a stronger sense of belonging.

     Full details of the Campaign can be found on the website

Ends/Sunday, May 12, 2013
Issued at HKT 11:00


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