22 December, 2020
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Public Holidays In 2021: How to Maximise Your Annual Leave

22 December, 2020
Hong Kong Skyline

When do Hong Kong’s public holidays fall in 2021, and how can you make the most of your annual leave?

We’ve been grounded for the majority of 2020, and with travel still very much up in the air for 2021, it means that our hopes for a holiday abroad rely heavily on globally distributed vaccines and airlines cleared for takeoff. We can’t predict what next year will look like for weekend getaways just yet, but while we keep our fingers crossed for a sense of normality to resume, we can plan ahead for how best to use our annual leave to holiday in Hong Kong.

Sure, we’d rather spend 10 days on a beach in Thailand or “whooshing” down snowy slopes in Japan, but for now, we’re looking at white sands in Sai Kung and long weekends at lavish hotels. Read on for ideas on how to maximise your time off…

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How to Use Your Annual Leave

Christmas 2020

It’s never ideal when public holidays fall on a weekend (especially when Saturday is considered a working day in Hong Kong!), but this year, we can bag 10 full days of festive fun using just four days of annual leave. We imagine that if you’ve yet to book into a hotel for the holidays, room availability will be limited, but why not make the most of your well-deserved rest and explore close to home? Take advantage of quiet weekdays and tick off a few day trips, or stay home snuggled on the sofa in your favourite Christmas pyjamas, eating cheese and sipping mulled wine – we won’t judge!

Public holiday: Friday, 25 December to Saturday, 26 December, and Friday, 1 January
Book off: Monday, 28 December to Thursday, 31 December
Annual leave days used: 4
Days of leave: 10

Read more: The Best Christmas Movies And Shows On Netflix To Watch This Month

Chinese New Year

The streets are eerily quiet during Chinese Year, so make the most of fewer crowds, cooler weather and traditional festive happenings.

  • Get involved with Chinese New Year events! The annual Night Parade won’t be going ahead in 2021, but you can still pay a visit to the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees, watch a fair few lion dances or shop for colourful fresh flowers at the markets.
  • Make the most of your time off and book in for a boozy brunch with friends – you’ll have plenty of time to sleep off the Prosecco.
  • Check into a hotel mid-week! You’ll avoid the long-weekend staycation crowds and enjoy cheaper prices.

Public holiday: Friday, 12 February to Saturday, 13 February, and Monday, 15 February
Book off: Tuesday, 16 to Friday, 19 February
Annual leave days used: 4
Days of leave: 10

Easter And Ching Ming Festival

Combine the Easter holidays with the day after Ching Ming Festival to bag yourself 10 days of annual leave for the “price” of three. If you book early, you may be able to swing yourself a pretty killer Airbnb for the week! This beautiful two-bedroom property in Sai Kung is just begging for Easter barbecues and lazy seaside dining.

Public holiday: Friday, 2 April to Saturday, 3 April, and Monday, 5 April to Tuesday, 6 April
Book off: Wednesday, 7 April to Friday, 9 April
Annual leave days used: 3
Days of leave: 10

Read more: Unique Hong Kong Getaways

Camp One Hong Kong

Buddha’s Birthday

Take the Thursday and Friday off over Buddha’s Birthday and spend a few days camping in the great outdoors. Pitch a tent just metres from crystal clear waters in Tai Long Wan, or book a unique glamping experience in Sai Yuen over on Cheung Chau. At Saiyuen Camping Adventure Park, you’ll get your pick of Mongolian yurts, teepees and stargazing domes, stocked with bedding and everything you need for a long weekend away from the hustle and bustle. Another one to look into is Camp One, where you can book five large camping tents sleeping up to six guests for a fun weekend of barbecues, stargazing and drinks with friends.

Public holiday: Wednesday, 19 May
Book off: Thursday, 20 May to Friday, 21 May
Annual leave days used: 2
Days of leave: 5

Read more: Where To Go Camping In Hong Kong

Tuen Ng Festival

We have our fingers crossed that the long-awaited travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will be open by now, so why not do some research into the top spots the Little Red Dot has to offer? Spend your days exploring neighbourhoods brimming with history, chill out on Sentosa or simply occupy yourself with eating some of the best Singaporean grub on offer. As city breaks go, we’re pretty stoked about this one.

Public holiday: Monday, 14 June
Book off: Tuesday, 15 June to Friday, 18 June
Annual leave days used: 4
Days of leave: 9

Read more: Your Guide To Singapore

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

Congratulations, you’ve made it through half the year! If there was ever a time to treat yourself, it’s now. Book a luxury break at one of Hong Kong’s top hotels and unwind amongst crisp white sheets, giant bathtubs and the cool waters of hotel swimming pools.

Public holiday: Thursday, 1 July
Book off: Friday, 2 July
Annual leave days used: 1
Days of leave: 4

Aberdeen Flair Houseboat Hong Kong

The Day Following The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

September brings with it some of the best weather we can hope for in Hong Kong. It’s cooling down and the sun is often shining, so why not make the most of a few days off work and head to the beach! Pretend you’re in Thailand with a couple of cold beers and waterside eateries. Looking for something different? Book a houseboat for a few days and wake up to the sound of gently lapping waves.

Public holiday: Wednesday, 22 September
Book off: Thursday, 23 September to Friday, 24 September
Annual leave days used: 2
Days of leave: 5

National Day

Can swing the time but not the extra cash for a long stay-cay? Living in Hong Kong, you know as well as we do that there is so much on offer here. In need of some inspiration? Why not schedule in the following for nine days of adventure:

  • Always wanted to learn how to dive? Splash HK holds PADI-certified open-water courses which take three to four days to complete and will have you ready for tropical spots further afield in no time at all. Already hold a licence? Sharpen your skills with an Advanced or Rescue Diver course.
  • Train for Barclays’ Moontrekker event (often held in October) and take to the hills. These challenging hikes are a great place to start…
  • Take a group or private lesson at Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre, or try your hand at a three-day kitesurfing course with Hong Kong’s Kitesurfing Association. If it’s always been your dream to fly high, you can attain an entry-level paragliding license in as little as eight sessions with Paraglide HK.

Public holiday: Friday, 1 October
Book off: Monday, 27 September to Thursday, 30 September
Annual leave days used: 4
Days of leave: 9

Read more: Ultimate Outdoor Sports To Try In Hong Kong

Chung Yeung Festival

Only got a few days of leave left to spare? Take some time for yourself and experience a wellness staycation that’s sure to reset and recharge you for the remainder of the year. Keep your eye out for weekend retreats at top hotels, or browse Bliss Body Retreat’s upcoming schedule for four-day, three-night meditation and healing immersion programmes – perfect for those who truly wish to get away from it all.

Public holiday: Thursday, 14 October
Book off: Friday, 15 October
Annual leave days used: 1
Days of leave: 4

Christmas 2021

We’ll be honest, at this point, we’re hoping to take to the skies and be thousands of miles away for Christmas next year. But if we’re still not there yet, we’re thankful to be living somewhere like Hong Kong where we can go from the concrete jungle to blissful beaches in minutes. We’ve got plenty more exploring to do

Public holiday: Saturday, 25 December and Monday, 27 December
Book off: Tuesday, 28 December to Friday, 31 December
Annual leave days used: 4
Days of leave: 9

Read more: Your Ultimate Hong Kong Bucket List

Featured image courtesy of Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of Pexels, image 2 courtesy of Camp One via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of Aberdeen Flair via Facebook

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