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China has seven legal holidays in a year, including New Year's Day, Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Day and National Day.

The table below provides a detailed list of 2019 public holidays in China. Hope it can help you make a good tour plan.

 

2019 China Public Holiday Calendar

Holiday Name 2019 Date 2019 Holiday
New Year's Day Jan. 1 Dec. 30 2018 - Jan. 1 2019
Chinese New Year Feb. 5 Feb. 4 - 10
Qingming Festival Apr. 5 Apr. 5 - 7
May Day May 1 May 1
Dragon Boat Festival Jun. 7 Jun. 7 - 9
Mid-Autumn Day Sep. 13 Sep. 13 - 15
National Day Oct. 1 Oct. 1 - 7
 
China Holiday Calendar 2019
Check China Public Holidays 2019
In addition to the above seven festivals, Chinese people celebrate four others on which some people have a half day off - Women's Day, Youth Day, Children's Day and Army Day.

Many other galas and anniversaries are celebrated even without days off, such as Arbor Day and Teachers' Day.

Please refer to the Detailed 2019 / 2020 / 2021 China Public Holiday Calendar
 

Most Celebrated Festivals in China

New Year's Day:Jan. 1st
Laba:8th day in 12th lunar month, usually in Jan.
1st day in 1st lunar month, usually in Jan. or Feb.
The grandest traditional festival in China, the longest public holiday;
Annual family reunion, eat dumplings, set off fireworks
15th day in 1st lunar month, usually in Feb.
Watch lanterns, eat glutinous rice dumplings, guess lantern riddles
Apr. 4th or 5th
Also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping Day;
Visit ancestors' tombs, spring outing
May Day:May 1st
5th day in 5th lunar month, usually in Jun.
To commemorate Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), an ancient Chinese patriotic poet;
Eat Zongzi, dragon boat race.
Double Seventh:7th day in 7th lunar month, usually in Aug.
China’s Valentine’s Day
15th day in 8th lunar month, usually in Sep.
Family reunion, appreciate the full moon, eat moon cakes
Oct.1st
Military parade and celebration on the Tiananmen Square in Beijing;
Nationwide traveling peak from Oct. 1st to 7th regarded as the 'Golden Week'
Double Ninth Festival: 9th day in 9th lunar month, usually in Oct.
Winter Solstice:Dec. 21st, 22nd, or 23rd
 

Golden Weeks in China

Chinese New Year Holiday and National Day Holiday are the only two week-long holidays in China. During these two weeks, people enjoy themselves in a great variety of ways, contributing to a boost in tourism industry, hence the nickname 'Golden Week'. Hotel rooms, train tickets or air tickets will definitely be in great demand then. Therefore, we recommend that people who are planning China tours avoid these Golden Weeks in view of the huge crowds at the major attractions, on trains, at railway stations and airports.

See also: Spring Festival Travel Rush, Train Travel in China during Holidays
 

Does business run during Chinese public holidays?

Business actually flourishes during holidays, so there’s no need to worry about the shopping, dining, entertainment. Some shopping malls, shops, supermarkets and restaurants have promotions and discounts on festivals, and some even extend their opening time. On the Chinese New Year, the grandest occasion for family reunion of the year, some personal shops and small restaurants are closed.

The civil service departments such as the government offices, embassies and schools are closed on the legal holidays. Elementary public service establishments like the public transport system run normally to facilitate the locals and visitors on their basic living and travel; however, please note that the banks and post offices only have their major branches opened on China public holidays, so it is better to go to those branches in the prosperous business districts in big cities, or arrange your money and post matters in advance. Most of the hospitals run during holidays, but maybe only the basic departments are available, without some famous specialists.

See Business Hours in China
 

More Festivals in Different Categories

National Holidays: New Year's Day, Women's Day, May Day, Children's Day...
Traditional Festivals: Chinese New Year, Qingming, Dragon Boat, Mid-Autumn Day, Chongyang...
Ethnic Minority Festivals: Water-Splashing, March Fair, Nadam Fair, End of Ramadan, Corban...
Tourism Festivals: Harbin Ice & Snow Gala, Luoyang Peony Fair...
Western Festivals Celebrated in China: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day…
 

Further Reading

- Last modified on Nov. 15, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Holidays
Asked by lily from ENGLAND | Nov. 09, 2018 04:16Reply
are you allowed to take english food into china?
Lily Hickman England
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Answered by Sam from USA | Nov. 11, 2018 18:53
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Which kind of food do you mean? Generally, the dairy products, meat food and fresh fruits or vegetables are not allowed to take to China.
Answered by Fatima from MOROCCO | Nov. 15, 2018 18:23
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Hi, i always bring with me some cheese, herbs, and spices from morocco, sometimes even some argan cooking oil, never had a problem. Of course i always put them in my suitcase which is checked in.
So no worries! you can bring some english delights with, believe me you'll be happy to have them with you once here!
Asked by Kamal Sabhnani from HONG KONG | Sep. 24, 2018 01:55Reply
Halloween party in Splendid China Folk village
Hi

May I know if there is any Halloween party in Splendid China Folk village in Shenzhen ?
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Answered by Arbigail from ROMANIA | Sep. 24, 2018 22:52
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Yes, as I know, there is Halloween party and several themed activities in this scenic area.
Answered by Kamal Sabhnani from HONG KONG | Sep. 25, 2018 19:01
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Thanks, any idea how can I check dates and is there any official site of splendid China folk village?
Answered by Anna from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 25, 2018 23:41
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Their official website is only in Chinese so you may consult the staff in the scenic area before the festival to confirm the specific date.
Answered by Kamal Sabhnani from HONG KONG | Sep. 26, 2018 03:29
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Do you have web link of that website ? I think google chrome can convert chinese to English.
Answered by Anna from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 26, 2018 18:32
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I'm sorry that it is not allowed to leave any web link of website here. Maybe you can search some key words on Google.
Asked by Michel from CHINA | Sep. 20, 2018 21:19Reply
When is Chinese winter holiday in 2019 for Kindergarten?
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Answered by Sally from USA | Sep. 24, 2018 20:42
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Hi, the time is different in different areas. Generally, it will start form the late January to mid-February. However, it is better to contact the kindergarten to confirm that.
Asked by Lok from MALAYSIA | Aug. 02, 2018 16:17Reply
Train and express bus tickets ( December 2018)
We will be visiting Shanghai, Hangzhou and Huangshan from December 21-26 2018.
1. Will it be easy to buy train and express bus tickets to travel between these cities on those days?
2. Can we just buy the tickets on the travel date?
3. How will the weather be like in Huangshan scenic area?
TQ
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Answered by Ala from USA | Aug. 02, 2018 19:01
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Yes, it is easy for you to buy the tickets on the travel date and you advised to buy tickets in advance and arrange your itinerary well.

As for the weather in Huangshan Scenic area, it is very cold, with average temperature of below 0 C. Take your thin coats to keep warm.
Answered by LOK from MALAYSIA | Aug. 03, 2018 03:26
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Thank you
Answered by fatima from MOROCCO | Nov. 15, 2018 18:25
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It might also be rainy in huangshan, so check the forecast a day or two prior to your trip.
Asked by Jess from UNITED STATES | Jun. 30, 2018 19:46Reply
Canned foods in my checked bag to China.
Can I bring canned ranch style beans, marshmallow peeps, and Catalina salad dressing in my checked bag to China? My friend lives there and they’re her favorite things, I’m going to visit her and want to surprise her with her favorites.
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Answered by Aldrich from USA | Jul. 01, 2018 22:11
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Yes, but these foods need to be checked and you must make sure they are sealed well. Remember not to take too much.
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