Cheung Chau Bun Workshop and Intangible Cultural Heritage from Central to Cheung Chau
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Intangible Cultural Heritage Tour at Central and Western District
Since the 19th century, Hong Kong came under the United Kingdom’s occupation. The establishment of Victoria City has set Hong Kong’s economic and administrative center at the Central and Western District. The development and construction of the city has attracted a lot of Chinese people to make a living in Hong Kong. Some of the Chinese leaders and the Chinese community in Tung Wah Hospital had significant impact. The division of the Sino-British residence form a unique scene. We can still find the traces of history everywhere in central and Sheung Huan nowadays. “Non-heritage” can be often heard in recent years. The full name of it is the “Intangible Cultural Heritage”, it is called “Invisible Cultural Assets” in Taiwan. Frankly speaking, “Non-heritage” or “Intangible Cultural heritage” is actually the the experience and intelligence through the practice of the predecessors in their daily lives. They survive in the human beings’ knowledge. It could not be seen, touched, but, they can be displayed by cultural carriers. Hong Kong’s first Intangible Cultural Heritage was released in June, 2014. 480 items have been listed. All of them involves a taste of life, vibrant festivals, crafts, customs and habits. On the other hand, a number of cultural treasures are gradually disappearing. The Tour will guide us to travel around the cultural attractions of Sheung Wan and Central to discover and find the real intangible cultural heritage.
Guided tours: Man Mo Temple, Kwan Yum Tong, Central Hungry Ghost Festival Centre (not an official name), Hollywood Road Park, Kwong Wah Littlepress Printing, etc.
Cheung Chau Bun Workshop (including 40 mins tour in Cheung Chau)
“Cheung Chau Bun” is a representative food of Cheung Chau Bun Festival (Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival). There are different tastes, like lotus seed paste, red bean paste and sesame paste. Soft buns covered with vermilion seal has created a vivid image. They have gradually evolved to a signature item in Cheung Chau. Key holders, stickers, cushions and pillows have been produced with its image and become popular. As a matter of fact, it is used to offer sacrifices to gods or ancestors. Cheung Chau residents believe that they can be assured of peace after eating. And, Cheung Chau bun will be distributed after the Cheung Chau Bun Festival every year with the meaning of blessing of “safe and healthy” to the neighborhood.
Kwok Kam Kee Cake Shop has been established in Cheung Chau for 40 years. They have set a record of selling over 10,000 buns before noon in the Cheung Chau Bun Festival last year. In this workshop, we have invited the second generation of person in charge of Kwok Kam Kee Cake Shop to guide us to make Cheung Chau bun. During the time of baking, we will visit Cheung Chau and get to know the history of the island and to understand the island’s customs and beliefs. You may bring the fresh buns with blessings after the tour and the workshop.
Mentor: Mr. Yu-din Kwok (Replacement of Mr. Kum-kee Kwok)