China Holidays & Festivals
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 2017 / 2018 public holidays in China. Hope it can help you make a good tour plan.
2017/ 2018 China Public Holiday Calendar
|Holiday Name||2017 Date||2017 Holiday||2018 Date||2018 Holiday|
|New Year's Day||Jan. 1||Dec. 31 2016 - Jan. 2 2017||Jan. 1||Dec. 30 2017 - Jan. 1 2018|
|Chinese New Year||Jan. 28||Jan. 27 - Feb. 2||Feb. 16||Feb. 15 - 21|
|Qingming Festival||Apr. 4||Apr. 2 - 4||Apr. 5||Apr. 5 - 7|
|May Day||May 1||Apr. 29 - May 1||May 1||Apr. 29 - May 1|
|Dragon Boat Festival||May 30||May 28 - 30||Jun. 18||Jun. 16 - 18|
|Mid-Autumn Day||Oct. 4||Oct. 4 (within National Day holiday)||Sep. 24||Sep. 22 - 24|
|National Day||Oct. 1||Oct. 1 - 7 (prolonged to Oct. 8)||Oct. 1||Oct. 1 - 7|
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 2017 / 2018 / 2019 China Public Holiday Calendar
Most Celebrated Festivals in China
The grandest traditional festival in China, the longest public holiday;
Annual family reunion, eat dumplings, set off fireworks
Watch lanterns, eat glutinous rice dumplings, guess lantern riddles
Also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping Day;
Visit ancestors' tombs, spring outing
To commemorate Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), an ancient Chinese patriotic poet;
Eat Zongzi, dragon boat race.
Family reunion, appreciate the full moon, eat moon cakes
Military parade and celebration on the Tiananmen Square in Beijing;
Nationwide traveling peak from Oct. 1st to 7th regarded as the 'Golden Week'
Golden Weeks in China
See also: Spring Festival Travel Rush, Train Travel in China during Holidays
Does business run during Chinese public holidays?
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.
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