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Discover the Best of Hong Kong this May: A Fusion of Culture and Celebration

HONG KONG - MAY 25: A child dressed in costume performs on a float during Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade at Bun Festival in Cheung Chau Island on May 25, 2015 in Hong Kong. One of Hong Kong's most colourful cultural celebration events, Cheung Chau Bun Festival, will be staged on 25 May 2015 (Monday) until 26th May 2015 midnight (Tuesday). The festival has over 100 years of history. Every year, thousands of people descend upon the tiny island for The Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade, Lucky Bun (Ping On Bun) and The Bun Scrambling Competition, the ancient custom during the festival. The tradition has been passed down for generations. To ensure the tradition keeps passing on, every year, Cheung Chau Islanders fuse the new elements with the custom to draw the attention from the young. This year, 'K-Pop stars' will be featured by one of the Piu Sik parade teams, the first-ever 'Ping On (Lucky) Macaron' with Chinese tea favour is invented, and more to be found out on the island. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images for Hong Kong Images)

MANILA – As the temperature rises this May, so does the excitement in Hong Kong with its lineup of world-class cultural events. From vibrant cultural festivities to spectacular new pyrotechnic and drone shows, the city promises Filipino tourists the chance to experience Hong Kong from a different perspective.  

International and modern as it may be, Hong Kong remains deeply rooted in its traditions. Highlighting three unmissable cultural experiences suitable for all ages, the city guarantees an unforgettable journey into its rich heritage:

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Date: 15-16 May 2024

Location: Cheung Chau

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival marks the arrival of spring with its unique blend of local customs and lively festivities. Join thousands of visitors and locals alike as the island comes alive with papier-mâché effigies, mesmerizing lion dance performances, and more.

The highlight of the daytime events is the Piu Sik Parade, where local children dressed up as deities showcasing their costumes and skills parading on stilts. This colourful procession sets the stage for the much-anticipated Bun Scrambling Competition. This fast-paced scramble, which auspiciously begins at the stroke of midnight, sees participants daringly ascend bun-covered towers to seek good fortune and ward off evil spirits. 

Tam Kung Festival

Date: 15 May 2024
Location: Shau Kei Wan

Pay homage to Tam Kung, the deity of seafarers and fishermen, at the Tam Kung Festival in Shau Kei Wan. 

In the vibrant neighbourhood of Shau Kei Wan and Wong Nai Chung, locals and visitors alike gather to celebrate the rich maritime heritage of the region. During the festival, the streets of the harbourside locale come alive with colourful processions, traditional lion dances, and thanksgiving opera performances. These celebrations create a vibrant and festive atmosphere that captivates all who attend. Devotees gather at Tam Kung temples to offer prayers and seek blessings for safety at sea and good fortune.

Buddha’s birthday

Date: 15 May 2024

Location: Po Lin Monastery

A time of reflection, spiritual renewal, and cultural appreciation, Buddha’s Birthday in Hong Kong is an inclusive celebration, offering enriching cultural activities for all to enjoy and embrace, regardless of their faith.

Buddhist temples and monasteries throughout the city buzz with activity on this auspicious day. The Po Lin Monastery, situated on Lantau Island and home to the iconic Big Buddha, hosts grand celebrations including a public Buddha bathing ritual. The Buddha’s Birthday Carnival features arts, cultural performances, and an array of stalls offering games, charity initiatives, and Asian cuisine.

Just before the Cheung Chau Bun Festival and the Tam Kung Festival, don’t miss the chance to witness an enchanting spectacle over Victoria Harbour on May 11. Marvel at the dazzling drone show, adding an extra layer of magic to the city’s festivities against Hong Kong’s iconic skyline.

From day-time cultural events to nightlife celebrations, Hong Kong offers an endless array of experiences for every traveller. To stay updated on the latest happenings, visit Hong Kong Tourism Board’s official website at https://www.discoverhongkong.com/seasia/what-s-new/events.html.


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