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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Thousands flock to Cheung Chau for Ping On buns as Buddha's Birthday met Mother's Day

Cheung Chau welcomed large crowds on Sunday coming to buy Ping On buns, which means safe and peaceful in Chinese, as Buddha's Birthday met Mother's Day.
Visitors on the island gradually increased starting at noon, while Praya Street was packed with people.

Long queues waiting to buy local snacks such as fish balls were seen outside many eateries, while bakeries and souvenir stores also had plenty of customers.

According to the Sun Ferry, some 4,600 passengers had traveled from Central to Cheung Chau between 8am and noon on Sunday, a surge of about 23 percent over the same period last year.

Many citizens were having fun in the water at Tung Wan Beach. Some said they came to the island to relax as the Covid-19 pandemic faded away, plus today is the Buddha's Birthday and Mother's Day.

Although this year's bun scrambling competition was canceled again due to the pandemic, many ritual activities and distributions of Ping On buns continued as usual.

Many visitors went to enjoy the traditional festival vibe and buy Ping On buns, hoping their families could stay safe after eating them.
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