China has 7 legal festivals in a year, on which all Chinese people will be on vacation. They are New Year's Day, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day.
Some people have a half day off on the following four holidays or anniversaries including Women's Day, Youth Day, Children's Day and Army Day of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Women have half day off on Women's Day. Young people over 14 years of age have a half day off on Youth Day. Children under 14 years old have a day off on Children's Day. Active members of the army have a half-day holiday on Army Day.
People celebrate many other festivals but they do not have time off: Arbor Day, International Nurses' Day, Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party, Teachers' Day and Journalists' Day.
Here is a detailed 2013 / 2014 / 2015 public holiday schedule for your reference:
|2013 / 2014 / 2015 Chinese Public Holiday Calendar|
|New Year's Day||Jan. 1||1 day|| |
Jan. 1 - 3, 2013
Jan. 1 - 3, 2014
Jan. 1 - 3, 2015
|Spring Festival|| |
subject to the lunation
3 days (the last day of the last lunar month and the first and second days of the first lunar month)
It falls on Feb. 10, 2013.
It falls on Jan. 31, 2014. The holiday is from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5.
It falls on Feb. 19, 2015. The holiday is from Feb. 18 to 24.
|Women's Day||Mar. 8||half day for women||half day of Mar. 8||half day of Mar. 8||half day of Mar. 8|
|Arbor Day||Mar. 12||no days off||no holiday||no holiday||no holiday|
|Qingming Festival||Apr. 4 or 5||1 day|| |
It falls on Apr. 4, 2013. The holiday is from Apr. 4 to 6.
It falls on Apr. 5, 2014. The holiday is from Apr. 4 to 6.
It falls on Apr. 5, 2015. The holiday is from Apr. 4 to 6.
|May Day||May 1||1 day||Apr. 29 - May 1, 2013||May 1 - 3, 2014||May 1 - 3, 2015|
|Youth Day||May 4||half day for youth above 14 years old||half day of May 4||half day of May 4||half day of May 4|
|International Nurse Day||May 12||no days off||no day-off||no day-off||no day-off|
|Children's Day||Jun. 1||1 day for children under 13 years old||Jun. 1, 2013||Jun. 1, 2014||Jun. 1, 2015|
|Dragon Boat Festival||the 5th day of the 5th lunar month||1 day||It falls on Jun. 12, 2013. The |
holiday is from Jun. 10 to 12.
|It falls on Jun. 2, 2014. The |
holiday is from May 31 to Jun. 2.
|It falls on Jun. 20, 2015. The |
holiday is from Jun. 20 to 22.
|Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party||Jul. 1||no days off||no day-off||no day-off||no day-off|
|Army Day of the Chinese People's Liberation Army||Aug. 1||half day for active army||half day of Aug. 1||half day of Aug. 1||half day of Aug. 1|
|Teachers' Day||Sep. 10||no days off||no day-off||no day-off||no day-off|
|Mid-Autumn Day||Aug. 15 according to the lunar calendar||1 day||It falls on Sep. 19, 2013. The holiday is from Sep. 19 to 21.||It falls on Sep. 8, 2014. The holiday is from Sep. 6 to 8.||It falls on Sep. 27, 2015. The holiday is from Sep. 26 to 28.|
|National Day||Oct. 1||3 days (Oct. 1- 3)||Oct. 1 - 7, 2013||Oct. 1 - 7, 2014||Oct. 1 - 7, 2015|
|Journalists' Day||Nov. 8||no days off||no day-off||no day-off||no day-off|
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