Today, in our Learn Mandarin Culture series, we’ll talk about public holidays in China.
Chinese are considered to be one of the most diligent nations in the world. You can find shops and restaurants in China that are opened extremely long hours, including weekends. How many public holidays do the Chinese have?
Knowing some information on the Chinese public holidays will not only help you to plan your personal trip well to avoid the huge crowd of tourists around you, but also serve as an important factor to consider to arrange your business visit to China.
Chinese companies work from Monday to Friday with the weekends off. In the recent years, China has stipulated many Chinese festivals to be public holidays.
For example, National Day 国庆节 guó qìng jié, Chinese people can take a 3-day holiday, with the weekend before and after, in total 7 days, therefore it’s called 黄金周huáng jīn zhōu golden week. Additionally, Spring Festival is a 3-day holiday, Dragon Boat Festival, Tomb Sweeping Festival, Mid-autumn Festival and New Year Day is a 1-day holiday.
As the Mid-autumn Festival falls on 27th September Sunday and National Day holiday starts from 1st Oct, Chinese are very excited to take a total 12-day holiday with extra 3-day leave from 28th to 30th Sept. As most of the Chinese traditional festivals are following the lunar calendar 农 历nóng lì, the dates are changing every year.
Here are the public holidays in 2016:
元旦yuán dàn New Year – Jan.1 -3, 2016
春节chūn jié Spring Festival – Feb. 7-13, 2016
清明节qīng míng jié Tomb Sweeping Festival – Apr. 3-5, 2016
劳动节láo dòng jié Labour Day – May. 1-3, 2016
端午节duān wǔ jié Dragon Boat Festival – Jun.9-11, 2016
中秋节zhōng qiū jié Mid-autumn Festival- Sept. 15-17, 2016
国庆节guó qìng jié National Day – Oct. 1-7, 2016