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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




What to buy in Hong Kong?

See my shopping guide here.

When do shops close?

I know in England, most shops close at 5pm.  And you may as well forget about shopping on Sunday coz everything close on Sunday.  It's not like this in Hong Kong, however.

Shops open around 10-11am because they close very late. Typically, shops close around 10pm but some shops may stay open later than that in busy shopping, touristy areas.

The only exception is Chinese New Year. Most shops close on the first day of Chinese New Year and may open on the second, third or even the eighth day of the New Year.  Big restaurants still open on the first day of Chinese New Year but a 20% service charge may impose to pay for the overtime allowance to the waiters on such a major festival in HK.  Also watch out for the day or the weekend before Chinese New Year because families will have a get-together-dinner in Chinese restaurants or buffet restaurant in hotels.  You either reserve a table or try a different cuisine.

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