Holidays in Hong Kong 2020

Hong Kong holidays 2020Hong Kong is part of China, but as a special administrative region, it has its own holiday calendar. There are more holidays in Hong Kong in 2020 but they are shorter than the holidays in Mainland China. This is because Hong Kong observes traditional Chinese, Buddhist, and Christian holidays, which makes the number of holidays big.

The dates of many holidays change every year as they follow the traditional lunar calendar.

Please note that Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan have their own holidays.

Hong Kong government gazetted the following list of general holidays for 2020 for public information:

Every Sunday Sundays
The first day of January (New Year Day) Wednesday 1 January 2020
Lunar New Year’s Day (Chinese New Year’s Day) Saturday 25 January 2020
The third day of Lunar New Year Monday 27 January 2020
The fourth day of Lunar New Year* Tuesday 28 January 2020
Ching Ming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day) Saturday 4 April 2020
Good Friday Friday 10 April 2020
The day following Good Friday Saturday 11 April 2020
Easter Monday Monday 13 April 2020
Birthday of the Buddha Thursday 30 April 2020
Labour Day Friday 1 May 2020
Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) Thursday 25 June 2020
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day Wednesday 1 July 2020
National Day of People’s Republic of China Thursday 1 October 2020
The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Friday 2 October 2020
The day following Chung Yeung Festival* Monday 26 October 2020
Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2020
The first weekday after Christmas Day (Boxing Day) Saturday 26 December 2020

* A Government spokesman explained, “As the second day of Lunar New Year in 2020 falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of Lunar New Year is designated as a general holiday in substitution. In addition, since Chung Yeung Festival in 2020 falls on a Sunday, the day following it is designated as a general holiday in substitution.”

Source: https://www.gov.hk/en/about/abouthk/holiday/2020.htm

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Public holidays in China 2020

China holidays 2020There are currently seven official public holidays or holiday periods in Mainland China in 2020. Sometimes additional holiday or holidays are added during the year, but this is not usual.

Weekends are usually swapped with the weekdays next to the actual holiday to create a longer vacation period. So, it is possible that for example the Sunday before or after a holiday is a normal workday.

The dates of the Chinese holidays change every year as they follow the traditional Chinese lunar calendar.

Please note that the holidays in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, are different from Mainland China.

Below are listed the public holidays in Mainland China for 2020:

Holiday name Holidays date Duration Compensating workdays
New Year’s Day Wednesday 1 January 2020 1 day
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) Friday 24 – Sunday 2 February 2020* 10 days Sunday 19 January
Qingming Festival Saturday 4 – Monday 6 April 2020 3 days
Labour Day Friday 1 – Tuesday 5 May 2020 5 days Sunday 26 April and Saturday 9 May
Dragon Boat Festival Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 June 2020 3 days Sunday 28 June 2020
Mid-Autumn Festival & National Day (Golden Week) Thursday 1 – Thursday 8 October 2020 8 days Sunday 27 September and Saturday 10 October 2020

* Update 27.1.2020: Three days added because of the Corona virus situation.

It is generally suggested to avoid tourist attractions during the public holidays as they are very crowded. During the public holidays hotel accommodation, travel, and entrance tickets can be more expensive.

Especially long holidays Spring Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival & National Day affect companies’ operations, especially in labour intensive production industries. Often factory workers start their holidays earlier and finish later. This is because workers are often from other cities and provinces and during the long holidays the get the chance to visit home.

Source (in Chinese): http://www.gov.cn/zhengce/content/2019-11/21/content_5454164.htm

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