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Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival of 2020 falls on June 25 and the holiday lasts till June 27.

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.

 

2020 China Public Holiday Calendar

Holiday Name 2020 Date 2020 Holiday
New Year's Day Jan. 1 Jan. 1 2020
Chinese New Year Jan. 25 Jan. 24 - 30
Qingming Festival Apr. 4 Apr. 4 - 6
May Day May 1 May 1 - 5
Dragon Boat Festival Jun. 25 Jun. 25 - 27
Mid-Autumn Day Oct. 1 together with the weeklong National Day holiday 
National Day Oct. 1 Oct. 1 - 8

China Holiday Calendar 2020
Check China Public Holidays 2020
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 2020 / 2021 / 2022 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 May. 21, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Holidays
Asked by John Thomas from IRELAND | Feb. 25, 2020 16:35Reply
Do they have illegal holidays?
I quote "China has seven legal holidays in a year".
Does this mean there also exists illegal holidays in China?

And also, is Trump pronouncing China correct? I feel like he's not, but I had to ask...

Che che,
John Thomas
Belfast, Ireland
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Answered by Carmen from UKRAINE | Feb. 27, 2020 16:34
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Well, as I know, only some companies have other holidays besides legal holidays, such as birthday, Christmas Day. But I think that it cannot be called illegal.
Asked by CherylAnne from CANADA | Jan. 25, 2020 08:34Reply
What is appropriate gift for Chinese birthday that falls in Chinese New Year?
My Chinese friend has invited us to celebrate Chinese New Year and it happens to be her Chinese Birthday as well
What would be an appropriate gift to give?
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Answered by Carol from USA | Jan. 31, 2020 16:00
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Lipstick, necklace, perfume and chocolate would be appropriate gifts. Hope helpful!
Asked by divan from CZECH | Jan. 07, 2020 05:40Reply
Chinese New Year x May Day holidays
I was travelling in China during Chinese New Year last year. This year I am going to travel probably during May Day holidays. Which of both holidays are "worse" (I mean because of overcrowded cities/tourist places, higher prices of accomodation, sold air/bus/train tickets etc.)? Thank you in advance for your answer.
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Answered by Anna from UKRAINE | Jan. 07, 2020 18:29
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Well, if you still want to choose one from these two holidays, I prefer to choose the May Day Holiday.
Asked by Badri from INDIA | Nov. 21, 2019 22:01Reply
Travelling to China during January 2020
Iam planning to visit chain during 2nd week of January 2020. Will there be any holidays during that period? Going to foshan for furniture shopping. Pls let me know...thank u.
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Answered by Harper from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 24, 2019 21:44
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No, the Chinese lunar calendar will be Jan.24th. Thus it will be ok for you to tour around during the 2nd week of Jan.2020.
Answered by Ashley from MALAYSIA | Dec. 02, 2019 00:09
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What about during 22nd or 23rd January? will there be any available transportation to Suzhou?

Thank you.
Answered by Harper | Dec. 03, 2019 01:52
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I am afraid that flights and train tickets will be sold out at that time. Because lots of people will go home to celebrate Chinese lunar holiday.
Asked by himali from INDIA | Nov. 11, 2019 22:50Reply
Is mumbai Embassy office is open on 12th November, 2019?
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Answered by Sebastian from USA | Nov. 12, 2019 19:46
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Yes, it opens at that time.
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