Legal China Holidays

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China has seven legal holidays in a year, including New Year's Day, Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Day and National Day. The table below provides a detailed list of 2016 / 2017 / 2018 public holidays. Hope it can help you make a good plan of your China tour.

 

2016 / 2017 / 2018 Major Public Holiday Calendar

Name
Date
Legal Holidays
2016
2017
2018

New Year's Day

Jan. 1

1 day

Jan. 1 - 3 off

Dec. 31, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017 off

Dec. 30, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018 off

Chinese New Year

subject to lunation

3 days

Feb. 8 (Feb. 7 - 13 off)

Jan. 28 (Jan. 27 - Feb. 2 off)

Feb. 16 (Feb. 15 - 21 off)

Qingming

Apr. 4 or 5

1 day

Apr. 4 (Apr. 2 - 4 off)

Apr. 4 (Apr. 2 - 4 off)

Apr. 5 (Apr. 5 - 7 off)

May Day

May 1

1 day

Apr. 30 - May 2 off

Apr. 29 - May 1 off

Apr. 29 - May 1 off

Dragon Boat

5th of 5th
lunar month

1 day

Jun. 9 (Jun. 9 - 11 off)

May 30 (May 28 - 30 off)

Jun. 18 (Jun. 16 - 18 off)

Mid-Autumn Day

Aug. 15 of
lunar calendar

1 day

Sep. 15 (Sep. 15 - 17 off)

Oct. 4 (within the
National Day holiday)

Sep. 24 (Sep. 22 - 24 off)

National Day

Oct. 1

3 days
(Oct. 1 - 3)

Oct. 1 - 7

Oct. 1 - 7 (be prolonged to Oct. 8)

Oct. 1 - 7

 

At the above seven festivals, Chinese people can enjoy days off. Besides, they celebrate four other festivals on which some people have a half day off - Women's Day, Youth Day, Children's Day and Army Day. Many other galas and anniversaries are celebrated even without days off, such as Arbor Day and Teachers' Day.
 Please  refer to the Detailed 2016 / 2017 / 2018 China Public Holiday Calendar.

 Major Chinese Holidays

Due to the long history and glorious culture of the country, the Chinese people celebrate a great many festivals. Various festivities show a window through which the local culture and daily life can be seen vividly. The following are the major ones:

 

 

 More Festivals in Different Categories:

National Holidays: New Year's Day, Women's Day, May Day, Children's Day...
Traditional Festivals: Chinese New Year, Qingming, Dragon Boat, Mid-Autumn Day, Chongyang...
Ethnic Minority Festivals: Water-Splashing, March Fair, Nadam Fair, End of Ramadan, Corban...
Tourism Festivals: Harbin Ice & Snow Gala, Luoyang Peony Fair...

 

The civil service departments such as the government offices, embassies and schools are closed on the legal holidays. Elementary public service establishments like the public transport system run normally to facilitate the locals and visitors on their basic living and travel; however, please note that the banks and post offices only have their major branches opened on holidays, so it is better to go to those branches in the preosperous business districts in big cities, or arrange your money and post matters in advance. Most of the hospitals run during holidays, but maybe only the basic deparments are available, without some famous specialists.
Business establishments acturally flourish during holidays, so there’s no need to worry about the shopping, dining, entertainment. Some shopping malls, shops, supermarkets and restaurants have promotions and discounts on festivals, and some even extend their opening time. On the Chinese New Year, the grandest occasion for family reunion of the year, some personal shops and small restaurants are closed.

 

 Tips for Traveling in 'Golden Weeks'

There are two 'Golden Weeks' in China - Chinese New Year Week and National Day Week. Both of them last for three days but by combining two weekends with them, people benefit from seven consecutive days off. During these two weeks, most people go out and enjoy themselves in a great variety of ways with a resultant boost to the economy, hence the nickname 'Golden Week'. Hotel rooms, train tickets or air tickets will definitely be in great demand then. Therefore, we recommend that people who are planning China tour packages avoid these Golden Weeks in view of the huge crowds that gather at the major attractions.

 



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