The Schedule of Chinese Public Holidays 2011

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The General Office of the State Council has released the schedule of China‘s public holidays for 2011. According to the announcement, there will be two seven-day holidays in 2011, which are the Spring Festival from February 2, 2011 and the National Day holiday from October 1, 2011. In order to compensate for extended holidays in 2011, some Saturdays and Sundays will be workdays, they are: January 30, February 12, April 2 and October 8 and 9.

Of these 7 public holidays, 4 are according to the Chinese calendar, hence the dates will be different each year according to the Gregorian calendar. The following is the schedule for China public holidays 2011 and the expected schedule for China public holidays 2012. The Chinese system of public holidays made up of statutory holidays, weekends and fegerred weekends can be quite complicated, so explanation is provided below the table.

China's 2011 / 2012 Public Holiday Schedule

Holiday Name




Actual Holidays 2011

Actual Holidays 2012


New Year's Day

Jan. 1

1 day

Jan. 1–3[1]

Jan. 1–3

The beginning of a new year based on the Gregorian calendar.

Spring Festival

The 1st day of the 1st Chines month

3 days

Feb. 3
The holiday is Feb. 2–8.[2]

Jan. 23
The holiday is Jan. 22–28.

It is also called Chinese New Year, which is the most important festival in China.

Qingming Festival

Apr. 5

1 day

Apr. 5
The holiday is Apr. 3–5.[3]

Apr. 5.
The holiday is Apr. 5–7.

Begining one of the 24 Chines solar terms in China, it is also called Tomb-Sweeping Day, and is for commemorating the dead.

May Day

May 1

1 day

Apr. 30–May 2[4]

May 1–3.

China's celebration of International Labor Dya.

Dragon Boat Festival

The 5th day of the 5th Chinese month

1 day

Jun. 6
The holiday is Jun. 4–6.[5]

Jun. 23.
The holiday is Jun. 22– 24.

A traditional Chinese festival with activities such as dragon-boat racing and eating zongzi (stickt rice wrapped in leaves).

Mid-Autumn Day

The 15th day of the 8thChinese month

1 day

Sep. 12
The holiday is Sep. 10– 12.[6]

Sep. 30.
The holiday is Sep. 30.

A day for Chinese family reunions and a harvest festival in China.

National Day

Oct. 1

3 days (Oct. 1–3)

Oct. 1–7[7]

Oct. 1–7.

The celebration of the founding of the new People's Republic of China.

1. January 1 is a statutory holiday. In 2011 New Year's Day is a Statutory day, so Monday 3 is given as a day off, producing a three-day holiday. In 2012 New Year's Day is a Sunday, so Monday 2 will be given as a holiday. It is expected that Saturday 31 December 2011 will be workday ans Tueday 3 January a holiday, producing a three-day holiday to star 2012.

2. Wednesday (February 2, Chinese New Year's Eve), Thursday (February 3, Chinese New Year's Day) and Friday (February 4) are statutory holidays. The following two days are a weekend, and because there is an adjustment for extending the Chinese New Year public holiday (Sunday January 30 and Saturday February 12 are workdays) February 7 and February 8 make up the final two days of a seven-day holiday (Wednesday 2-Tuesday 8).

3. Tuesday (April 5) is statutory holiday. Because April 2 (Saturday)is a workday instead of Monday April 4, a three-day holiday is formed (Saturday 3-Tuesday 5).

4. May 1 is a statutory holiday, but this falls on a Sunday, so the holiday is transferred to Monday. This year, and it is expected next year too, three days of public holiday have been allowed, which includes a Sunday (May 1) and presumably a deffered Saturday ( April 30) in 2011.

5. June 6 is a statutory holiday. This will be a three-day public holiday this year and next, as in these two years Dragon Boat Festival falls on or nest to a weekend (4 and 5 June 2011 and 23 and 24 June 2012).

6. September 12 (Monday) is a statutory holiday. Together with the Saturday (September 10) and the Sunday (September 11), it is counted as a three-day public holiday. In 2012 Mid-Autumn Day occurs immediately before the National Day holiday and on a Sunday, but is not expected that extra days of public holiday will be added.

7. Saturday (October 1), Sunday (October 2) and Monday (October 3) are statutory holidays. Because two days of the holiday fall at the weekend, Tuesday (October 4) and Wednesday (October 5) are given in lieu. In order to extend the holiday, October 8 (Saturday) and 9 (Sunday) will be workdays, and October 6 and 7 will be included into the holidays. This arrangement produces a seven-day holiday (Saturday-Friday).

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