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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
Buddhas 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
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Home > Sightseeing > Star Ferry

The Star Ferry

Made famous but it's appearance in almost every movie about Hong Kong the Star Ferry is unusual in being both a mode of normal transport for Hong Kong people as well as a sightseeing destination for tourists.

As a child I remember always looking forward to a ride on the ferry, it was always a little bit special -- there is, or was, an old-world luxury feel to the ferry.  At least when you take the upper "deluxe" class though that probably only cost 50cents given the ride only takes 5 minutes.

Now though sadly the original Star Ferry Pier -- a crossing place for the whole of Hong Kong where you could hang out all day and see every strata of society walk past -- is now to be replaced as reclamation is filling in the sea beside the piers.

So soon there will be a new Star ferry Pier -- it's under construction now and I only hope it can maintain some of the feel of the original but I'm afraid I'm not too optimistic.  At the very least though they have to keep the clock and bell tower!  Oh I do hope so.

Anyway if you are visiting Hong Kong soon -- rush to take your pictures not just of the ferry, but of the ferry pier itself with their distinctive rounded ends.  Soon it will be that the "Old Star Ferry Pier" will be gone, a sad day for me as it's been there all my life and quite a number of notable things have happened to me there.

The ferries themselves have been crossing Victoria harbour since 1898 and I hope to see the white and green Star Ferry going back and forth for many years to come.

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