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Bun Scrambling Final to be held in Cheung Chau next Friday
     The Bun Scrambling Final is the finale of the 2023 Bun Carnival, and will be staged at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground in Cheung Chau on the night of May 26 (Friday). A total of 12 finalists will vie for the championships in the men's and women's divisions.
     Trophies will be awarded to the champion, first runner-up and second runner-up in the men's division and the champion in the women's division. The "Full Pockets of Lucky Buns" award will continue to be presented this year to commend the participant who gathers the most buns.
     To acknowledge the outstanding achievement of the winners and make the event more appealing, any male or female athlete who has won the first prize three times in the Bun Scrambling Competition from 2016 will become the "King of Kings" or the "Queen of Queens" of the competition and be awarded a trophy.
     An opening ceremony to launch the Bun Scrambling Final will be held at 11.30pm on Friday. The final competition will start at midnight according to tradition. An invitation relay will be held immediately after the individual competition. The organisers, together with the Islands District Office, the Hong Kong Police Force (Police), the Transport Department (TD) and related government departments will implement the following crowd management measures to maintain public order. 
     Four spectator zones will be set up on the competition night at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau, which can accommodate about 1 400 people. The distribution of free admission tickets will start at 10pm. Members of the public can queue up at Pak She First Lane, next to Cheung Chau Fire Station, and along Ping Chong Road for admission tickets. Each person can obtain one ticket on a first-come, first-served basis while tickets last. Spectators who have got their tickets should follow instructions from the Police and staff of the organisers for admission, which is expected to start from 10.30pm. Spectators should enter Zone 1 to Zone 4 in sequence.
     Notices will be put up at Central Pier No. 5 informing the public of the schedule and arrangements of the event. Notices and enquiry counters will also be set up at Cheung Chau Ferry Pier and at the entrance of Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau, where staff will address public enquiries.
     The organisers will monitor the weather conditions on the night. The Bun Scrambling Final will be cancelled in case of inclement weather, such as thunderstorms, to ensure public safety. As stipulated in the prospectus, awards would then be determined based on the results of the selection contest. Since the Bun Scrambling Final is traditionally held at a specified period during the Cheung Chau Jiao Festival, no replay of the competition would be rescheduled in such circumstances.
     The Police will conduct crowd control measures, and appeal to members of the public to follow instructions of police officers and staff of the organisers, and be patient in crowded places.

     On the arrangements for public transport services, the TD would closely monitor the passenger demand for public transport services and would keep in close contact with ferry and bus companies to make necessary and appropriate arrangements.
     To cope with the passenger demand for leaving Cheung Chau after the event, New World First Ferry will operate an additional special sailing from Cheung Chau to Central at 1.15am on May 27.
     The bus companies will operate a special bus route No. 104R from Central Pier No. 5 to Mong Kok from about 1.10am to 2.30am on May 27. In addition, overnight bus routes departing from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal include Citybus route Nos. N8X (to Siu Sai Wan) and N90 (to South Horizons), Cross-Harbour Tunnel route Nos. N182 (to Kwong Yuen), N619 (to Shun Lee), N373 (to Fanling) and N368 (to Yuen Long West). These routes will be diverted via Central Pier No. 5 from the first departure to about 2.50am.  

     Furthermore, Citybus overnight bus routes departing from Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace) include: the departure at 1.30am of N930 (to Tsuen Wan Discovery Park), the departure at 1.20am of N952 (to Tuen Mun Chi Lok Fa Yuen) and the departures at 1.15am and 1.45am of N962 (to Tuen Mun Lung Mun Oasis). These routes will also be diverted via Central Pier No. 5.

     A temporary bus stop of the routes concerned will be placed outside Central Pier No.5 for passengers' convenience.   

     On rescue operations during any possible emergencies, St John Hospital would arrange enough manpower to respond to an emergency. The Government Flying Service will send a search and rescue team to provide assistance if necessary.
Ends/Friday, May 19, 2023
Issued at HKT 11:00
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