Customs & Culture

Hong Kong is a thriving, international city of old and new contrasts. Notwithstanding rapid development and modernization, Hong Kong’s old heritage manifests itself in the everyday lives of its people. Cherished traditions, cultures and practices are kept alive by the city’s proud inhabitants.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar

The Chinese or Lunar calendar has been in continual use in China for nearly 4,000 years, though this time frame is believed to be even longer according to Chinese tradition. Though called the “Lunar” calendar, it is based on astronomical observations of both the sun and the moon. The duration of each month is calculated by one cycle of the moon.

The Chinese Zodiac and the Five Elements

The Chinese calendar is based on a 12-year cycle. Each year in the cycle is designated by an animal of the Chinese Zodiac, an explanation for which can be traced back to an ancient Chinese folk tale called The Great Race.

People and Religion

Religion in Hong Kong is characterized by a diversity of beliefs and practices

Public Holidays and Festivals

Public holidays in Hong Kong are hugely anticipated. Excluding Sundays, Hong Kong enjoys a total of 17 general or public holidays, which include both Chinese and Western festivals.

Local Customs, Etiquette, Taboos & Supertitions

The Chinese are a generally superstitious people. Being mindful of local customs and traditions wherever you go in Hong Kong will benefit you professionally and socially. To start with, take note of the following cultural Do’s and Don’ts.

General Holidays