Holidays in China

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Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese people legally enjoy over 115 days off including 104 days of weekends and 11 days of festivals. Employees have 5 to 15 days of paid annual leave. Students and teachers have summer and winter vacations for about three months. The summer vacation in China generally  starts around July 1st and ends around August 31st, and the winter vacation usually falls on January or Februry according to the date of the Spring Festival.

Public Holiday Calendar
China has 7 legal holidays in a year, including New Year's Day, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day. At the festivals, all Chinese people will be on vacation. The table below provides detailed information of 2011 / 2012 public holidays. Hope it can help you make a good plan of your China tour.

2011 / 2012 Major Public Holiday Calendar
Legal Holidays
Holidays of 2011
Holidays of 2012
New Year's Day
Jan. 1
1 day
Jan. 1- 3
Jan. 1- 3
Spring Festival
subject to the lunation
3 days
Feb. 3. The
holiday is Feb. 2 - 8
Jan. 23. The
holiday is Jan. 22 - 28
Qingming Festival
Apr. 4 or 5
1 day
Apr. 5. The
holiday is Apr. 3 - 5.
Apr. 5. The
holiday is Apr. 5 - 7.
May Day
May 1
1 day
Apr. 30 - May 2
May 1 - 3
Dragon Boat Festival
the 5th day of the
5th lunar month
1 day
Jun. 6. The
holiday is Jun. 4 - 6.
Jun. 23. The
holiday is Jun. 22 - 24.
Mid-Autumn Day
Aug. 15 according
to the lunar calendar
1 day
Sep. 12. The
holiday is Sep. 10 - 12.
Sep. 30. The
holiday is Sep. 30.
National Day
Oct. 1
3 days
(Oct. 1 - 3)
Oct. 1  - 7
Oct. 1  - 7

Besides the 7 legals festivals on which all people can enjoy days off, Chinese people 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 festivals and anniversaries are celebrated even without days off, such as Arbor Day and Teachers' Day.

 Please  refer to the Detailed 2012 / 2013 China Public Holiday Calendar.

Chinese folk art performance in the New Year
Chinese folk art performance 
in the New Year

Writting Spring Festival Scrolls
Writting Spring 
Festival Scrolls
Categories of Chinese Holidays
Due to the long history and glorious culture of China, the Chinese people celebrate a great many festivals which can be divided into the following four major categories: national holidays designated by the government to commemorate some special events; traditional festivals - a reflection of the traditional Chinese customs; ethnic minority festivals unique to specific Chinese ethnic groups; tourism festivals associated with renowned Chinese scenic spots. Various holidays show a window through which Chinese culture and daily life can be seen vividly.

Tips for Traveling in 'Golden Weeks'

Among all the Chinese holidays, there are two 'Golden Weeks' - Spring Festival Week and National Day Week. Both of the two holidays 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 tourist attractions.


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That is a great article. Because I have an idea to visit here in the next year.

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Holidays in China are peculiar. They wear special costumes and each holiday becomes like a masked ball. I would like to visit China.

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