Chinese National Day in Hong Kong in 2019

  How long until Chinese National Day?
This holiday next takes place in 14 days.
  Dates of Chinese National Day in Hong Kong
2021 Hong Kong Fri, Oct 1 National Holiday
2020 Hong Kong Thu, Oct 1 National Holiday
2019 Hong Kong Tue, Oct 1 National Holiday
2018 Hong Kong Mon, Oct 1 National Holiday
2017 Hong Kong Mon, Oct 2 National Holiday
The Peoples Republic of China observes its anniversary on Oct 1st
  Chinese National Day in other countries
Chinese National Day internationally

Chinese National Day in Hong Kong

National Day activities in Hong Kong start with a special flag-raising ceremony by the Hong Kong Police Force beside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Other events include a National Day reception and a firework display, as well as hundreds of district events over the weekend.

When is Chinese National Day?

The People's Republic of China (PRC) observes its anniversary on October 1st. China's National Day has been celebrated in various ways during the history of the PRC.

In China, the holiday is officially three days, but the holidays are usually extended by bridge holidays compensated by working on weekends depending on how the holiday falls in the week. This creates a so-called 'Golden Week' of holidays. This makes it the second-largest holiday period in China. This approach was introduced in 2000 to help boost domestic tourism and to allow families to make long journeys to visit relatives.

In 2017, the Chinese National Tourism Administration said there were more than 710 million tourist trips during the eight-day National Day and Mid-Autumn holidays, contributing up to 590 billion yuan (88.68 billion U.S. dollars) in tourism income.

History of Chinese National Day

The People's Republic of China was founded on October 1st 1949 with a ceremony at Tian'anmen Square.

In December 1949, the Chinese Government passed the Resolution on the National Day of the People's Republic of China, declaring that October 1st is the National Day of China.

From 1950 - 1959, grand rallies and massive military parades were held to mark the National Day.

In 1960, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council decided to simplify the celebration, according to the principle of building up the country through hard work and frugality.

From 1960 until 1970, mass rallies were still held in Tian'anmen Square, though military parades were cancelled.

From 1971 to 1983, visiting parks and other galas replaced mass rallies and military parades.

Grand celebrations have been rarely held since then, except for the mass rallies and military parades in 1984 and 1999 to commemorate the 35th anniversary and 50th anniversary of the founding of the PRC.

Most people believe that countries' national days are of crucial cultural importance, acting as symbols of independent states and reflecting a country's government system.

Did you know?

Three facts about Chinese National Day

1 in every 3 socks you have were made in the district of Datang in Zhuji, China, now known as "Sock City".

Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom. They were invented in early 1900 in San Francisco.

Many Chinese words have been adopted into the English language including "ketchup", "typhoon", and "tycoon."

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