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Hong Kong Holidays/ Festivals 2018
2015 Calendar below for reference
The first day of January 1 Jan
Chinese New Year of the Goat 19 Feb
The second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year

Che Kung's Birthday

20 Feb
The third day of the Lunar New Year 21 Feb
Spring Lantern Festival / Yuen Siu 5 Mar
Chinese Groundhog Day 6 Mar
Ching Ming Festival 5 Apr
The day following Ching Ming Festival 6 Apr
Good Friday 3 Apr
The day following Good Friday 4 Apr
Easter Monday 6 Apr
Labour Day 1 May
Birthday of Tin Hau 11 May
Buddha’s Birthday and Cheung Chau Bun Festival

also Tam Kung's Birthday

25 May
Tuen Ng /  Dragon Boat Festival 20 Jun
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day 1 July
Kwan Tai / Kwan Gon's Birthday 8 Aug
Seventh Goddess' Day / Tsat-je 20 Aug
Chinese Ghosts Festival / Yue Lan 27 Aug
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival / Moon Festival 27 Sep
Day after Mid-Autumn Festival

Monkey King Festival

28 Sep
Confucius' Birthday/Teacher's Day 9 Oct
Chinese National Day 1 Oct
Chung Yeung Festival  
Winter Solstice 22 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec


Hong Kong Festivals 2016
Hong Kong Festivals 2017




Public transport in Hong Kong.

Here is the various transport you can find in Hongkon.  Most of them accept the store value card called Octopus card.  It's convenient, quick and easy and save struggling with coins.

Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is the best transport to go around. It's fast and reliable time wise. It's air-conditioned. It accepts Octopus card.  Souvenir tickets are available for visitors too.

Read the full guide to the Hong Kong MTR to learn how to make the best of this system and travel like a local!

We haven't got as many stations as the Metro in Paris. But if you are lost, look for these signs.

Panorama inside a MTR station.

Taxi provides 24-hour service and it doesn't accept Octopus card. 

If your ride involves going through tunnel, return trip tunnel fee shall be paid by you.

There is exception if you are crossing the harbour. If you catch a taxi from a special harbour-crossing taxi stop, you pay only one-way tunnel fee because other passengers have paid one-way for the driver to come to this side of the island already.

There will be extra charges for large luggage. 

Taxi drivers often round up the fare to the next dollar so it's up to you tip extra. 

City taxi is red and New Territories taxi is blue.  They normally restrict to their own island/district so if you are in New Territories and want a taxi to Kowloon or Hong Kon island, the driver may suggest to take you to somewhere near the city and you have to change to a red taxi.

Hongkong taxi

Buses in Hong Kong are mostly air-conditioned and they accept Octopus cards.

Hong Kong buses

A double decker


All Mini-buses are air-conditioned.  Some of them accept Octopus cards. 

There are mainly two kinds of mini-buses - green top and red top.

The green top ones has fixed route and some even have fixed stations for getting on and off.

A red top min-bus has a destination and you can stop it anywhere.

The drivers typically don't speak much English so don't expect to ask for directions from them.  Simple "Stop please" just before you arrive works best.


Hong Kong Transport - mini-bus


Hong Kong transport - mini-buses



Star Ferry is both a form of transit and a sightseeing destination.
Outlying island ferries can be found in Central.  You can choose ordinary ferry (slow) which takes about 55 minutes to Lantau or Cheung Chau or catch a fast ferry and it takes about 35 minutes.
Tram is the cheapest way to have a tour in the Hong Kong Island. It's slow so you can enjoy your sightseeing leisurely provided you don't try to do it at peak hours when the tram is jam packed.  It still keeps the 'ding ding' bell which is just like 100 years ago which is nice.



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