China Public Holiday Schedule 2013/2014

There are seven official holidays in China. Five of these are three-day holidays. There are two week-long national holidays in China: Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, in January or February, and National Day holiday, which is the first week of October.

A unique feature of Chinese holidays is that weekends, which are usually days off for office workers, are worked if there is a public holiday that week. For example if Monday to Wednesday was a public holiday then the weekend before would be worked, so the statutory holiday is effectively only one day.

Only Hong Kong and Macau have public holidays for Christmas.

China's 2014 Public Holiday Calendar
Holiday Name Date of Event Day of the Week Statutory Holiday Dates 2014 Dates Summary
New Year's Day Jan. 1 Wednesday 1 day Jan. 1 The beginning of a new year based on the Gregorian calendar.
Chinese New Year Jan.31 Friday 3 days Jan. 31 – Feb. 6 It is also called Spring Festival, and is the most important festival in China.
Qingming Festival Apr. 5 Saturday 1 day Apr. 5 – 7 Beginning one of the 24 Chinese solar terms in China, it is also called Tomb Sweeping Day, and is for commemorating the dead.
May Day May 1 Thursday 1 day May. 1 – 3. China's celebration of International Labor Day.
Dragon Boat Festival Jun. 2 Monday 1 day May. 31 – Jun. 2. A traditional Chinese festival with activities such as dragon boat racing and eating zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in leaves).
Mid-Autumn Day Sep. 8 Monday 1 day Sep. 6–8 A day for Chinese family reunions and a harvest festival in China.
National Day Oct. 1 Wednesday 3 days Oct. 1 – 7 The celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

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Q:Vanessa Asked on 05:28 AM Mar. 29 2014 Reply
We are looking to travel to Hong Kong Disneyland on Oct 7th/8th - is this right in the very busy time? Thanks
Dear Vanessa,

As it is during Chinese National holiday, there might be many tourists in Disneyland. Lussie Lu Replied on 09:41 AM Mar. 30 2014

Q:Denis R Asked on 06:50 AM Mar. 22 2014 Reply
I will be in Hong Kong on May 1 - Labour Day. Will the shops and markets be open for general trading?


Yes, the shops and markets will be still open for tading during the holiday in Hong Kong.

By the way, if you need any tour service in Hong Kong, just feel free to contact us.




Coco Yang Replied on 10:33 PM Mar. 22 2014
Q:Gaurav Asked on 06:18 AM Dec. 23 2013 Reply
Hi I am planning to visit Yiwu - Futian Market and INternational trade city for shopping, would that be open? Thanks
Dear Gaurav,

In general, the shops open from 8:00am to 17:00pm every day, but during Chinese Spring Festival, most of them will be closed. Lussie Lu Replied on 01:06 AM Dec. 24 2013

Q:Rene Asked on 08:02 AM Nov. 14 2013 Reply
hi, so if Im working in China for April and May, does it mean that I would need to work on last weekend of April and I get time off from 1 May till 5 May? thanks!
Dear Rene,

You may work from April 28 to Aril 30, and 3 days holiday from May 1 to May 3, and then start to work from May 4 to 9.

Nancy Deng Replied on 03:46 AM Nov. 15 2013

Q:Christie Asked on 01:20 AM Oct. 21 2013 Reply
I''m planning to go shanghai and Hangzhou from 1-8 jan. Would the shops and tourist attractions be open on 1-3 Jan which is holiday for the new year?

The shops and the attractions are opened as usual from January 1st to 3rd.

Ruby Zhao Replied on 02:40 AM Oct. 21 2013