WNbob
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Bad Idea Nonrev Ing To HK During Chinese New Year?

Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:49 am

US to HKG and back during Chinese New Year. Insane?

I believe the celebration is at least 3 days? So am hoping flying ON Chinese New Year, like on December 25 should be light. Coming back thought - eeew.

[Edited 2010-01-05 20:51:22]
 
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BreninTW
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RE: Bad Idea Nonrev Ing To HK During Chinese New Y

Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:25 am

You might actually have a bit of success... traditionally, CNY Eve is spent with the family, so most traveling should be done before Feb 14 (CNY Day).

The entire CNY festival is four days -- PRC workers usually get the entire week off. Bad days will be 12 and 13 Feb and then 20 and 21 Feb.

Having said that, my experience when trying to book TPE - HKG over the CNY break has been dismal! Seats unavailable.
 
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RE: Bad Idea Nonrev Ing To HK During Chinese New Y

Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:09 am

That'll be very risky especially if you are an unaccompanied companion. As an employee with seniority it might work, but even then it is risky. You just have to be prepared to get stuck for a few days or get very creative which can get difficult. Getting there often is the easy part.
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RE: Bad Idea Nonrev Ing To HK During Chinese New Y

Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:06 am

Not sure which city you're trying to head to HK from, but I believe most people flying on those days are actually heading in the opposite direction, i.e. leaving HKG to North America a few days before the holiday, and return a week or two after, mainly for holiday or VFR

P.S. For Hong Kong, this year's holiday is Feb 13-16, with Chinese New Year on the 14th
 
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RE: Bad Idea Nonrev Ing To HK During Chinese New Y

Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:10 am

My mom's been redeeming mileage from her credit card during CNY to go back to Taiwan; the only reason she was able to get seats was because she booked the flights the summer before. But last time was easier since it was through JL/EG. This time she got put on CX/KA.

But as for CNY day itself, it should be easier.
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RE: Bad Idea Nonrev Ing To HK During Chinese New Y

Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:12 am

It should be OK, although the flight back to the US might be a bit packed.

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