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Hong Kong Holidays 2019/2020: What Travelers Should Know

Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races in Victoria HarbourThe Hong Kong Dragon Boat Race Festival is one of the popular annual festivals of Hong Kong.

Each year, Hong Kong has about 17 public holidays. Hong Kong was once a British colony, so it has some Western holidays in addition to holidays more or less matching most of China's official holidays. These are legal holidays, so banks, libraries, schools, and government offices close.

When you are traveling in Hong Kong, it is useful to be aware of the holiday schedule. Stores or markets may close or reduce hours on these days, and public transportation generally follows a different holiday schedule.

The legal holiday schedule is announced for each year by the Hong Kong government. We've compiled the dates for 2019 and 2020 for your convenience.

Hong Kong's Public Holiday Schedule for 2019/2020

Holiday Name 2019 Date 2019 Festival Event 2020 Date 2020 Days Off
New Year's Day Jan. 1 Hong Kong WinterFest Jan. 1 Jan. 1
Lunar New Year's Day Feb. 5 Chinese New Year Parade International Performance Night and Chinese New Year Flower Markets in Macau and Hong Kong Jan. 25 Jan. 25
The second day of Lunar New Year Feb. 6 Chinese New Year Fireworks Jan 26 Jan. 26
The third day of Lunar New Year Feb. 7 Celebrated with horse races Jan. 27 Jan. 27 and 28 (special fourth day)
Ching Ming Festival Apr. 5 Tomb Sweeping Day Apr. 4 Apr. 4
Good Friday Apr. 19
Apr. 10 Apr. 10
The day following Good Friday Apr. 20
Apr. 11 Apr. 11
Easter Monday Apr. 22
Apr. 13 Apr. 13
Labour Day May 1
May 1 May 1
The day following the birthday of the Buddha May 13
Birthday of Buddha Apr. 30 Apr. 30
Tuen Ng Festival June 7 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival June 25 June 25
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day July 1
July 1 July 1
The day following the Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival Sep. 14
Oct. 2* (see note) Oct. 2*
National Day Oct. 1
Oct. 1 Oct. 1
Chung Yeung Festival Oct. 7
Oct. 25 Oct. 25 and 26 (extra holiday)
Christmas Day Dec. 25
Dec. 25 Dec. 25
The first weekday after Christmas Day Dec. 26
Dec. 26 Dec. 26

If any of these holidays fall on a Sunday or another holiday, employees might be entitled to a day off on the weekday following.

*2020 Mid-Autumn Festival Note: In 2020, the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day October 1 coincide.

Hong Kong Weekends and Unofficial Holidays

China holiday: the Chinese New YearChinese New Year decorations

Weekends: Generally, Hong Kong people do not work on Sundays, and some companies, stores, business offices, and government buildings and offices close early or don't open at all on Saturday.

Unofficial holidays: Companies and government facilities may close early or not open on Chinese New Year's Eve, Winter Solstice, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Travelers note: During the weekends and holidays, the tourist areas of Hong Kong are more crowded than during the weekdays and workdays. So you might want to plan your outings to the popular tourist places with this in mind.

Hong Kong Festivals

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Most of the Hong Kong holidays are associated with festivities and events that are tourist popular. Both Western holidays such as Christmas and Chinese festivals such as the Spring Festival holiday are Hong Kong festivals associated with traditional decorations, events, customs and festivities. 

You might want to schedule your trip to Hong Kong to coincide with festivals times to enjoy them.

But be aware that the festivals and holidays pose their own problems and complications for tourists such as the big crowds of Chinese tourists who come during the May 1 (April 29 to May 1), National Day (October 1 to 7), and Spring Festival holidays (officially 7 days) when big crowds come to Hong Kong.

In this regards, it is good to be aware of the China's official holidays and information about how and when to travel to avoid the crowds in China that is also applicable for wise Hong Kong travel as well.

For the latter information, see 8 Mistakes That Will Put You in a Sea of Chinese Tourists.

Travel in Hong Kong

Wandering in Hong KongHong Kong is an exciting city.

See China Highlights' customizable Hong Kong tours to celebrate the Hong Kong's festivals. If you are interested in touring China during festivals in China, see China Festival Tours.

The above are sample tours. Please feel free to let us know your interests and requirements so that we can customize a tour for you.