Choice of the '80s generation - holidays or a home of your own

Holidays are a release from crowded Hong Kong

Travelling overseas on holiday once or twice a year has become a habit for many Hongkongers born in the 1980s, while at the same time they complain about skyrocketing flat prices that make it difficult for them to afford a home.

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013, 4:42am

Visitors flood into Hong Kong as locals hope to flee chill

Arriving and departing passenger traffic was busy but orderly at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday as the Christmas holidays began in earnest. Today will be the busiest day, with 1,067 flights scheduled, while almost 18,500 flights will be handled over the two weeks until January 7. Photos: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong has been infected with the travel bug this holiday season, with immigration staff expecting to handle 8.65 million journeys - most via the land crossings.

23 Dec 2012 - 1:55pm 4 comments

Developers fail to capitalise on holiday spirit

The annual Labour Day holiday break is traditionally one of the busiest periods for the property market on the mainland as developers try to capitalise on the holiday spirit to boost sales.

But in many cities, this year was different.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Replacement break ruled out

The government would not consider granting a replacement holiday to employees when a public holiday fell on a Saturday, labour minister Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said in a written reply to a lawmaker's question. He said many institutions were open on Saturdays and staff required to work.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

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

Will five-day workers get back 'lost' holidays?

With the rise in employees working a five-day week, fewer people benefit when public holidays fall on a Saturday. The Labour Department plans to do something about that.

22 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Almost 80pc favour scrapping holiday distinctions between blue-collar and white-collar workers

Nearly four out of five people in the TNS/SCMP survey agree that all employees - blue- and white-collar workers - should enjoy the 17 statutory paid holidays.

But only 54 per cent of the 1,000 people surveyed support the introduction of legislation to make a five-day working week compulsory, while 41 per cent disagree.

13 Dec 2010 - 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 the next issue of STYLE...

With bags packed and holiday hats on, we're all ready to go with the next issue of STYLE - UltraTravel. We take a look at the latest resorts sprouting up around the globe, but those seeking a more exhilarating break must check out our adventure holiday guide.

3 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

FYI: In which country do workers enjoy the most public holidays?

The common perception is that Hongkongers are a highly strung, chronically overworked lot, but in yet another month that has multiple public holidays - Labour Day on May 1 and Buddha's Birthday a mere 11 days later - it may be time to sit back and reflect on how (relatively) good the employed of this fair city have it.

11 May 2008 - 12:00am

Holiday discrimination has had its day

We live in one of the most advanced economies in the world, yet our non-office workers are still being treated like second-class citizens. By law, there are two holiday schedules - one for office workers, another for those who are not. Everyone is entitled to 12 statutory holidays, but those in white-collar jobs get five extra days. This is a legacy from the colonial era.

22 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Workers in for eight-month wait

As mainlanders return to work today after the seven-day Lunar New Year break, many will have to wait at least eight months to enjoy another extended national holiday.

Authorities decided last year to cancel the May 1 holiday and replace it with three-day breaks wedged between the week-long Lunar New Year and National Day holidays.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Sydney wakes from its six-week slumber as summer holiday ends


As the sultry month of January edges to its conclusion, a curious phenomenon takes place in Sydney.

The first signs are subtle: the appearance of more BMW convertibles, the curious absence of pleasure craft on the harbour, the thinning gaggle of tourists on the steps of the Opera House.

31 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

People call for more holidays

People want more public holidays but are divided over whether to cut short the week-long May Day break, according to the initial findings of a national public survey.

A poll on a draft plan to shorten the May Day holiday and add holidays to three traditional festivals ended at midnight yesterday after being posted on five major portal websites.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Revamped holidays plan unveiled

Sweeping changes include new worker-friendly paid leave system

Mainland authorities yesterday released a long-anticipated plan proposing sweeping changes to the public holiday calendar and annual leave system after years of deliberation.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am