The Cheung Chau Bun Festival, one of Hong Kong’s popular annual cultural events, has drawn fewer visitors this year due to damp weather, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
Visitor numbers stood at 36,000 as of 5pm yesterday, representing a decline of 16 percent from last year, according to the report.
The parade of floats, one of the highlights of the festival, featured depictions of government officials and popular celebrities who are in the news. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam was lampooned for her comments on universal suffrage in 2017, while Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung was mocked for his decision to allow ferry operators hike fees.
Among the celebrities featured in the floats was Cheon Song-Yi, the main character in the Korean TV drama series “My Love from the Star”.
Cake shops on the island were busy selling traditional buns symbolizing peace and health for people. At Kwok Kam Kee, one of the most popular bun store, people lined up outside the shop since 10am on Tuesday; by 12 noon, the shop is said to have sold over 15,000 buns.
The centerpiece of the festival, the bun snatching competition, was held at midnight, with nine males and three females contesting for the top honors. Odds-on favorite Kwok Ka-ming defended the champion spot for the sixth consecutive time, while Wong Ka-yan was crowned the winner of the women’s group. Only 826 people attended the show, compared to 2,300 last year.
Organizers attributed the decline in visitor numbers to rainy weather, in large part, the report said.
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