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Hong Kong Holidays 2023: What Travelers Should Know

Hong Kong Holidays 2023: What Travelers Should Know

Written by GavinUpdated Dec. 28, 2022
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 2023 for your convenience.

Hong Kong's Public Holiday Schedule for 2023

Holiday Name 2023 Date 2023 Festival Event
New Year's Day Jan. 1 Hong Kong WinterFest
Lunar New Year's Day Jan. 22 Chinese New Year Parade International Performance Night and Chinese New Year Flower Markets in Macau and Hong Kong
The second day of Lunar New Year Jan. 23 Chinese New Year Fireworks
The third day of Lunar New Year Jan. 24 Celebrated with horse races
Ching Ming Festival Apr. 5 Tomb Sweeping Day
Good Friday Apr. 7  
The day following Good Friday Apr. 8  
Easter Monday Apr. 10  
Labour Day May. 1  
Tuen Ng Festival Jun. 22 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day July. 1  
Mid-Autumn Festival Sep. 29  
National Day Oct. 1  
Chung Yeung Festival Oct. 23  
Christmas Day Dec. 25  
The first weekday after Christmas Day 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.

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

Christmas, Hong KongChristmas Carolers

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 3), National Day (Sep. 30 to Oct. 6), 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

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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.

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