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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Updated: Aug 26,2014 12:45 PM     

There are currently seven official public holidays in China. Each year’s holidays are announced weeks before the start of the year by the General Office of the State Council.

Weekends are usually swapped with the weekdays next to the actual holiday to create a longer vacation period.

Lunar New Year’s Eve is no longer a statutory holiday in 2014, as the Spring Festival holiday is from the 1st to the 3rd day of the first lunar month, according to the national holiday plan for 2014 issued by the State Council on Dec 11, 2013.

According to the plan, in 2014, there is a one-day holiday for the New Year, a seven-day break for the Spring Festival holiday (weekends included) and a seven-day break for the National Day holiday (weekends included), and three-day holidays (weekends included) for Qingming Festival, Labor Day, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Public Holidays for 2014

Name Date Duration
New Year’s Day Jan 1 one day
Spring Festival Jan 31 - Feb 6 three days plus two weekends
Qingming Festival Apri 5-7 one day plus one weekend
Labor Day May 1-3 one day plus one weekend
Dragon Boat Festival May 31-June 2 one day plus one weekend
Mid-Autumn Festival Sept 6-8 one day plus one weekend
National Day Oct 1-7 three days plus two weekends

Additional Public Holidays for Specific Social Groups

Name Date Applicable to
International Women’s Day March 8 Women (half day)
Youth Day May 4 Youth from the age of 14 to 28 (half-day)
Children’s Day June 1 Children below the age of 14 (1 day)
Army Day Aug 1 Military personnel in active service (half-day)

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