Business Hours in China

The Chinese government stipulates a five-day workweek and the business hour is regulated as no more than 8 hours a day and no more than 44 hours a week in the Labor Law of People's Republic of China.

The regular working time generally is from Monday to Friday, with Saturday and Sunday off. The Chinese people usually work between 08:00 and 18:00 each day, with a lunch break from 12:00 to 14:00. However, local variations may occur due to the time difference or policy in different cities. For instance, the working day in Xinjiang usually starts from 09:00 or 10:00 due to its longitude.

The working hours of Chinese companies may be from 08:00 to 17:00, 08:30 to 17:30 or 09:00 to 18:00. The official organizations like the government offices usually work from 09:00 to 17:00 with a one-hour siesta, and they do not work on Saturdays and Sundays.

Hospitals, post offices, banks and scenic sights are always open daily from 08:30-09:30 to 16:00-18:00, but the hospital clinics and its first-aid center are usually served for 24 hours. Hotels also offer the round-the-clock service to any lodger. Shops, department stores and supermarkets are open every day from 08:30-09:30 to 21:30, including public holidays. Restaurants and bars are always open from around 10:00 to the late night, sometimes even into the small hours or for all night. 

Airports and coach stations are open from the first flight and bus to the last ones, but some service counters inside them may be closed earlier, at 21:00 or 22:00. Railway stations are open round the clock as trains run all day, but service counters like left luggage are closed at 20:00 – 23:00. Most bus stations or public bus in cities stop service at 21:00 – 23:00, but large cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou has overnight buses. Taxies are available 24 hours, but it is hard to take one at peak hours (07:00 – 09:00 and 17:00 – 19:00) and shift changing hours (around 18:00 in Beijing, 17:30 – 19:30 in Guangzhou, and 15:00 – 16:30 in Xi'an).

Besides the regular days off (Saturday and Sunday), Chinese people also enjoy the holidays of Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Day, Mid-Autumn Day, National Day, and New Year's Day. Take the Chinese New Year for an example. According to the state regulations, Chinese people can take three days off, including the December 30th, January 1st and January 2nd of the Chinese lunar calendar. So, during this time, most sectors are closed. Only some service sectors, like banks, post offices, tourist companies and railway stations, are open.

Further Reading:
Time Difference    Public Holidays

- Last modified on Aug. 26, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Business Hours in China
Asked by Osuyi from NIGERIA | Aug. 24, 2019 18:15Reply
please do banks work on Sunday in china?
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Answered by Airy from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 26, 2019 02:17

Yes, of course.
Asked by Imran Arshad from PAKISTAN | Aug. 16, 2019 07:31Reply
Can ship crew get off the ship on weekends in dalian? Immigration is open on weekends or not?
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Answered by Ryan from FINLAND | Aug. 18, 2019 19:55

Well, as I know, different ships have different regulations. You are suggested to consult the ship staff.
Asked by carolina nunez from UNITED STATES | May. 16, 2019 17:14Reply
Can I bring into china my own cereal, milk and bred? I'm going for a visit
my kids don't eat nothing
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Answered by Jayden from POLAND | May. 21, 2019 20:37

Cereal and bread are allowed to bring into the country. However, milk and milk products are not allowed.
Asked by 王佩音 from CHINA | Feb. 22, 2019 02:36Reply
mobile communication services opening hours
What about the mobile communication services?, such as China Mobile, China Unicom etc.
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Answered by Liam from USA | Feb. 24, 2019 18:57

Generally, they will open on weekends and some official holidays. However, the open time may be different in different regions and you are suggested to contact them in advance to verify it.
Asked by Mary from NIGERIA | Feb. 10, 2019 08:16Reply
Sent a package to china
According to the tracking the package left country (Nigeria) on the 14th of January and has still not arrived destination country (China). I was told 14-21 days. Is this due to the Chinese New Year?
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Answered by Jerry from USA | Feb. 10, 2019 19:16

Yes, it may delay the ship time and you can wait for a few more days.
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