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China has 7 legal festivals in a year, on which all Chinese people will be on vacation. They are New Year's Day, Chinese New Year (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 days 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 off 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 2015 / 2016 / 2017 public holiday schedule for your reference:
|2015 / 2016 / 2017 Chinese Public Holiday Calendar|
|Festival||Date||Legal Holidays||2015 days off||2016 days off||2017 days off|
|New Year's Day||Jan. 1||1 day|| |
Jan. 1 - 3, 2015
Jan. 1 - 3, 2016
Dec. 31, 2016 -
|Chinese New Year|| |
subject to the lunation
3 days (the first three days of the first lunar month)
It falls on Feb. 19, 2015. The holiday is from Feb. 18 to 24.
It falls on Feb. 8, 2016. The holiday is from Feb. 7 to 13.
It falls on Jan. 28, 2017. The holiday is from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2.
|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 day-off||no day-off||no day-off|
|Qingming Festival||Apr. 4 or 5||1 day|| |
It falls on Apr. 5, 2015. The holiday is from Apr. 4 to 6.
It falls on Apr. 4, 2016. The holiday is from Apr. 2 to 4.
It falls on Apr. 4, 2017. The holiday is from Apr. 2 to 4.
|May Day||May 1||1 day||May 1 - 3, 2015||Apr. 30 - May 2, 2016||Apr. 29 - May 1, 2017|
|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, 2015||Jun. 1, 2016||Jun. 1, 2017|
|Dragon Boat Festival||the 5th day of the 5th lunar month||1 day||It falls on Jun. 20, 2015. The |
holiday is from Jun. 20 to 22.
|It falls on Jun. 9, 2016. The |
holiday is from Jun. 9 to 11.
|It falls on May 30, 2017. The |
holiday is from May 28 to 30.
|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. 27, 2015. The holiday is from Sep. 26 to 27.||It falls on Sep. 15, 2016. The holiday is from Sep. 15 to 17.||It falls on Oct. 4, 2017, within the |
National Day holiday.
|National Day||Oct. 1||3 days (Oct. 1- 3)||Oct. 1 - 7, 2015||Oct. 1 - 7, 2016||Oct. 1 - 7, 2017 |
(be prolonged to Oct. 8)
|Journalists' Day||Nov. 8||no days off||no day-off||no day-off||no day-off|
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