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 Dec. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Business Hours in China
Asked by moona from CHINA | Oct. 25, 2019 23:26Reply
does china post open in Saturday in taishan shandong?
Answers (3)
Answered by Grayson from FRANCE | Oct. 27, 2019 23:24

Yes, it will open normally in Saturday.
Answered by wayne chan from U.S.A. | Dec. 09, 2019 11:38

Does China Post open Saturday
Answered by Grayson | Dec. 10, 2019 17:36

Yes, it opens on weekends. Don't worry.
Asked by Milos from SERBIA | Oct. 20, 2019 18:26Reply
What is working time per week for Bank of China in China?
Answers (3)
Answered by Addington from DENMARK | Oct. 20, 2019 18:59

Generally speaking, the service hours are from 09:00 to 17:00.
Answered by Milos from SERBIA | Oct. 20, 2019 21:04

Ok, so bank of china also working on saturday and sunday?
Answered by Addington | Oct. 21, 2019 17:53

Yes, it still opens on weekends. The opening hours of weekends are 10:00 to 16:00.
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.
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