Chinese Holidays

Tai Hang dragon dance marks colourful start to Chinese holiday

The dragon studded with incense makes its way through Tai Hang in the annual parade. Photo: David Wong

Thousands of people thronged in Tai Hang to watch the area's heritage-listed dragon dance, kicking off the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day celebrations. Paraded along the narrow streets by 300 dancing Tai Hang residents, the 61-metre fire dragon swung its head and tail to the cheering of crowds.

Sunday, 30 September, 2012, 11:53am

Tours help promote Chiu Chow hungry ghost festival in Hong Kong

People take part in the Yu Lan Hungry Ghost Festival at Kowloon City's Carpenter Road Park.Photo: David Wong

On a hot summer evening, a crowd gathers around a paper horse as tall as a man to hear a hair-raising tale of the unlikely.

The horse, tour guide Anven Wu Yim-chung tells a group of about 20 people, carries an envoy to hell to invite ghosts to earth during the Yu Lan Hungry Ghost Festival, in its second day at Kowloon City's Carpenter Road Park yesterday.

19 Aug 2012 - 10:17am

Public-holiday switch set for 2012 approval

A move to switch major public holidays from Saturdays to Mondays so the growing number of people working five days a week benefit from them should become law early next year. If lawmakers approve the plan, employees will get their first extra Monday off in 2013.

12 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Messy schedule for holidays raises hackles

Authorities have arranged probably the most bizarre holiday schedule yet for mainland workers this autumn.

As usual, certain weekends are to be worked, allowing weekdays adjacent to holidays to be taken off.

5 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

In a shower of sparks, fire dragon rises again to protect Tai Hang from the plague

The fire dragon of Tai Hang rose refreshed again on the eve of the moon festival yesterday, brightening up the tranquil Causeway Bay neighbourhood and wrapping it in a cheerful carnival mood.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Chance for China to pat itself on the back

The mainland is just four days away from its most spectacular, most hi-tech - and probably most expensive - one-day party to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic.

28 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Choc horror: the HK$60,000 dessert to celebrate National Day

National Day is still more than a week away, but for many people in Hong Kong, it has already arrived.

From schoolchildren to the elderly, from housewives to arts and science lovers, the government and community groups are making sure everyone is immersed in a sea of patriotism in the run-up to October 1.

18 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing rains on provinces' parades with ban on marking anniversary

One party, one parade.

That's the edict from top Communist Party leaders and the State Council to provinces and cities, other than Beijing, which have been planning public celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

17 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Romantic gift sparks a lucrative business

For Chinese romantics looking to light a flame in the hearts of their lovers, Yang Fan has the answer.

28 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Dragon boats list towards the UN

Hopes are running high on the mainland for the UN to list the Dragon Boat Festival as intangible cultural heritage, to feed off what many perceive to be foreign encroachment in this domain.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

Website launched for mourners to pay respects to suicide victims

It is the time of the year when people remember their loved ones by laying flowers and offerings at their tombs, but a memorial website launched yesterday allows tributes to be paid to suicide victims anytime, anywhere.

The new site is the city's first online space for mourning.

5 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Crisis-hit Guangdong to resume 'golden week' holiday in May

Guangdong will reinstate the week-long 'golden week' in May - just a year after Beijing scrapped the national holiday - to boost consumer spending as the financial crisis batters the province's economy.

But to enjoy a seven-day break from May 1, people will have to give up two days of annual leave.

26 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

May Day 'golden week' gets nod

Beijing will allow local authorities to reinstate the week-long May Day holiday in an effort to stimulate tourism spending.

National Tourism Administration spokesman Liu Xiaojun said local governments could extend the holiday if their economies needed stimulus measures, although the central government had no plan to do so.

6 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Frugal beaus cash in on lantern festival

Cost-conscious suitors seemed to be taking advantage of the Chinese Spring Lantern Festival yesterday to send flowers to their sweethearts - to avoid having to buy expensive bouquets on Valentine's Day, which falls on Saturday.

10 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

The metro

You can have too much of a good thing. With Christmas, the Gregorian New Year and Lunar New Year so close together, there's the danger of overeating, overspending (even though the lai see money may provide some relief at the end) and having to worry about what to wear.

12 Jan 2009 - 12:00am