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2016 / 2017 / 2018 Chinese Public Holiday Calendar

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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 2016 / 2017 / 2018 public holiday schedule for your reference:

2016 / 2017 / 2018 Chinese Public Holiday Calendar
Festival Date Legal Holidays 2016 days off 2017 days off 2018 days off
New Year's Day Jan. 1 1 day

Jan. 1 - 3, 2016

Dec. 31, 2016 -
Jan. 2, 2017

Dec. 30, 2017 -
Jan. 1, 2018

Chinese New Year

subject to the lunation

3 days (the first three days of the first lunar month)

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.

It falls on Feb. 16, 2018. The holiday is from Feb. 15 to 21.

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. 4, 2016. The holiday is from Apr. 2 to 4.

It falls on Apr. 4, 2017. The holiday is from Apr. 2 to 4.

It falls on Apr. 5, 2018. The holiday is from Apr. 5 to 7.

May Day May 1 1 day Apr. 30 - May 2, 2016 Apr. 29 - May 1, 2017 Apr. 29 - May 1, 2018
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, 2016 Jun. 1, 2017 Jun. 1, 2018
Dragon Boat Festival the 5th day of the 5th lunar month 1 day 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.
It falls on Jun. 18, 2018. The 
holiday is from Jun. 16 to 18.
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
Victory Day Sep. 3 no days off no day-off no day-off no day-off
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. 15, 2016. The holiday is from Sep. 15 to 17. It falls on Oct. 4, 2017, within the 
National Day holiday.
It falls on Sep. 24, 2018. The holiday is from Sep. 22 to 24.
National Day Oct. 1 3 days (Oct. 1- 3) Oct. 1  - 7, 2016 Oct. 1  - 7, 2017
(be prolonged to Oct. 8)
Oct. 1  - 7, 2018
Journalists' Day Nov. 8 no days off no day-off no day-off no day-off

 

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