Cheung Chau Bun Festival on the island of Cheung Chau attracts tens of thousands of locals and tourists each year. It’s one of Hong Kong’s most famous festivals and the star attraction is food. Three giant bamboo towers are constructed some 18 metres high and placed outside Pak Tai Temple, then bun-snatching finalists are selected to climb the towers and strip them of buns. Traditionally, the higher the bun, the more fortunate you are.
The origins of the festival are said to date back to the 18th Century when a plague ravished the land and its people. The remaining fishermen prayed to Pak Tai and soon the area flourished again.