National Public Holidays in China

A calendar of the national vacation days when businesses, schools and banks may close and most people get the day off in China...

There are seven festivals in China which are national public holidays. These are New Year's Day, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day.

There are a further four holidays on which certain people are given half a day off work, as follows:

  • Women's Day – celebrated by women
  • Youth Day – celebrated by young people over 14 years of age
  • Children's Day – celebrated by children under 14 years of age
  • Army Day of the Chinese People's Liberation Army – celebrated by active members of the army

China operates a complex system of public holidays made up of statutory holidays, weekends and deferred weekends. Three-day public holidays are often extended by the government to last for seven days, although employees are required to work during the following weekend, and children are also expected to attend school.

If a public holiday falls on the weekend, time off is given in the following week instead.

Dates shown in bold below are inclusive of the first and last dates

Public Holidays 2018

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • 15-21 February - Chinese New Year Holidays
  • 5 April - Ching Ming Festival
  • 6 April - Ching Ming Festival Holiday
  • 30 April - Labour Day Holiday
  • 1 May - Labour Day 
  • 18 June - Dragon Boat (Tuen Ng) Festival
  • 24 September - Mid Autumn Festival
  • 1 October - National Day
  • 2-5 October - National Day Holiday