Chinese Holidays – China public holidays 2015/2016/2017

by Yi Zhang, Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at 2:01 am

(Doing Business in China)


There are seven official national public holidays in China. Five of them are three-day holidays. There are two week-long national holidays in China:

  • Spring Festival Golden Week holiday (Chinese New Year), in January or February
  • and National Day Golden Week holiday, which is the first week of October.

An interesting feature about the holidays as observed in the mainland China is: When such a public Chinese holidays falls in a weekend, then it is swapped with the next weekday to come to gift to the people an actual non working day, and also to create a longer vacation period so that the people can actually enjoy the festivals in a relaxed manner.   China Bank Holidays basically are China public holidays + weekends,

Holiday Name Summary
New Year’s Day The beginning of a new year based on the Gregorian calendar.
Chinese New Year It is also called Spring Festival, and is the most important festival in China. Spring Festival Golden Week holiday.
Qingming Festival Beginning one of the 24 Chinese solar terms in China, it is also called Tomb Sweeping Day, and is for commemorating the dead.
Labour Day China’s celebration of International Labor Day.
Dragon Boat Festival A traditional Chinese festival with activities such as dragon boat racing and eating zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in leaves).
Victory Day 2015 China Victory Day Military Parade
Mid-Autumn Day A day for Chinese family reunions and a harvest festival in China.
National Day The celebration of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. National Day Golden Week holiday.

Chinese Holidays - China public holidays 2015/2016/2017

Chinese Holidays – Crowded beach at Dalian, China


China Public Holidays 2015

Holiday Name Statutory Days of Holiday 2015 Date 2015 Day of the Week 2015 Days Off
New Year’s Day 1 day Jan. 1 Thursday Jan. 1-3
Chinese New Year 3 days Feb. 18 Thursday Feb. 18–24
Qingming Festival 1 day Apr. 5 Sunday Apr. 4-06
Labour Day 1 day May. 1 Friday May. 1–3
Dragon Boat Festival 1 day Jun. 20 Saturday Jun. 20–22
Victory Day 1 day Sep. 3 Thursday Sep. 3-5
Mid-Autumn Day 1 day Sep. 27 Sunday Sep. 26–27
National Day 3 day Oct. 1 Thursday Oct. 1–7

China Public Holidays 2016

Holiday Name Statutory Days of Holiday 2016 Date 2016 Day of the Week 2016 Days Off
New Year’s Day 1 day Jan. 1 Friday Jan. 1-3
Chinese New Year 3 days Feb. 8 Monday Feb. 7–13
Qingming Festival 1 day Apr. 4 Monday Apr. 2-4
Labour Day 1 day May. 1 Sunday Apr. 30–May. 1
Dragon Boat Festival 1 day Jun. 9 Thursday Jun. 9–11
Mid-Autumn Day 1 day Sep. 15 Thursday Sep. 15–17
National Day 3 day Oct. 1 Saturday Oct. 1 – 7

 

China Public Holidays 2017

Holiday Name Statutory Days of Holiday 2017 Date 2017 Day of the Week 2017 Days Off
New Year’s Day 1 day Jan. 1 Sunday Dec. 31, 2016 – Jan. 2, 2017
Chinese New Year 3 days Jan. 28 Saturday Jan. 28
Qingming Festival 1 day Apr. 4 Tuesday Apr. 2 – 4
Labour Day 1 day May. 1 Monday Apr. 29 – May. 1
Dragon Boat Festival 1 day May. 30 Tuesday May. 28 – 30
Mid-Autumn Day 1 day Oct. 4 Wednesday within the National Day holiday
National Day 3 day Oct. 1 Sunday Oct. 1 – 8 7 (be prolonged to Oct. 8)

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