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

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

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