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Six long weekends for Hong Kong workers in 2018 mean it’s time to start holiday planning

Hong Kong government announces 17 public holidays for next year

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 May, 2017, 1:05pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 May, 2017, 11:28pm

Hong Kong’s busy workers can start planning their vacations for next year, with six long weekends on the horizon, according to the government’s announcement on Friday of 17 public holidays in 2018.

The long weekends include the four-day Lunar New Year break from February 16 (Friday) to February 19 (Monday).

Another four-day weekend will be during Easter, from Good Friday on March 30 to Easter Monday on April 2.

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The remaining four long weekends are thanks to public holidays on January 1 (Monday), the Dragon Boat festival on June 18 (Monday), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day on July 2 (Monday) and National Day on October 1 (Monday).

Unfortunately for workers with two-day weekends, two public holidays will fall on Saturdays.

But those who have two-day weekends during the Easter break need to apply for only three additional days of leave to be able to have 10 days off from Good Friday to April 8.

During Christmas, they can apply for four days off to be able to enjoy an 11-day vacation from December 22 to January 1, 2019.

Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said these long holidays would be especially attractive to people who want to travel outside the city. Travel agencies might also take the chance to introduce more packages.

“It’s not often that you can apply for several days off and have a very long holiday,” Tung said. “Hongkongers will be too smart not to take these opportunities.”