Piu Sik Parade to highlight parallel-traders issue

May 18, 2015 17:18
Piu Sik Parade's themes vary from year to year, but they are always related to Hongkongers’ daily life. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

It is well-known that the issue of cross-border parallel traders has aroused much concern in Hong Kong in recent months.

A series of protests have made clear the public's anger and resentment toward the traders, who snap up various things here to sell them for a profit in the mainland.

The shopping hordes are blamed for various problems faced by locals, including product shortages, congestion at malls and overcrowded public transport. 

Reflecting this popular mood, the Piu Sik (floating colors) parade on May 25 will feature a special float that will highlight the issue of the so-called parallel traders.

The parade, which forms part of the annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival, will be living up to its reputation of mirroring the themes related to Hongkongers’ daily life.

Thus, in the event next week, a float will have children acting as parallel traders.

Holding suitcases, the children will stand amid racks bearing smugglers’ favorite products like infant formula and Yakult -- a probiotic dairy product which mainlanders believe can help prevent cancer.

Meanwhile, political reform is also one of the themes in the parade this year. A little boy will act as pan-democratic lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan while a girl will pretend to be Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, representing opposite political forces.

Other roles in the Piu Sik parade include the character Wu Zetian in Chinese television drama The Empress of China, and also the hosts in Korean popular variety show Running Man-- Yu Jae Seok and Lee Kwang Soo.

Every year, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival attracts lots of visitors to the island. However, shops and guesthouses on the island do not always have high business expectations.

As the event will be held Monday, many people will be leaving the island after watching the final of the Bun Scrambling Competition at midnight.

This is the reason why many hotels and guesthouses in the island do not have full bookings.

Having a Ping On Bun is a must-do activity for those visiting Cheung Chau during the Bun Festival. Kwok Kam Kee Cake Shop, the maker of the Ping On Bun, will prepare 60,000 buns for tourists that day.

If you think Ping On Bun is a bit too traditional, there is a bakery in Cheung Chau which is going to launch a new product—Ping On Macaron, for the festival this year.

Keily, dessert chef of U Can Cook, told Apple Daily that she will adapt the traditional French dessert to local taste and bake Ping On Macarons with flavors like Jasmine tea, mixed fruit punch, durian and lemon tea.

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