China Holiday Information

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There are seven official public holidays in China. They are New Year’s Day, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-autumn Day, and National Holiday. During public holidays, the major travel destinations are swarming with native travelers. So many foreign visitors would like to avoid these public holidays. The following 2014 / 2015 / 2016 public holiday calendar can help you plan your China travel. 

English Name

Chinese Name

Date

Legal Days Off

2014

2015

2016

New Years’s Day

元旦

Jan. 1

1 day

Jan.1

Jan.1

Jan.1

Spring Festival

春节

1st day of 1st lunar month

3 days

31 Jan.- 6 Feb

Feb. 19 - 25 

Feb. 8 - 14

Qingming Festival

清明节

Apr. 4 or 5

1 day

Apr. 5 - 7

Apr. 4 - 6

Apr. 2 - 4

Labour Day

劳动节

May 1

1 day

May 1 - 3

May 1 - 3

Apr. 30 - May 2

Dragon Boat Festival

端午节

5th of 5th lunar month

1 day

May 31 - Jun. 2

Jun. 20 - 22

Jun. 9 - 11

Mid-Autumn Day

中秋节

Aug. 15 of 8th lunar month

1 day

Sept. 6 - 8

Sept. 26 - 28

Sept. 15 - 17

National Day

国庆节

Oct. 1

3 days

Oct. 1 - 7

Oct. 1 - 7

Oct. 1 - 7

Travel Tips During China Holidays

There are two “golden weeks” among all holidays, Spring Festival Week and National Holiday Week, which means most people have “a week off”. So domestic visitors are allowed some discretionary travel around China. During these two weeks, most scenic or historical spots will be swarming with domestic travelers. And hotels, restaurants and train tickets or air tickets will be hard to be obtained so you are suggested to avoid these two golden weeks when you plan your China travel.



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