China Holidays 2021 & 2022

China Holidays 2021 & 2022

By Chris QuanUpdated Oct. 26, 2021

Each year, China has 7 public holidays enjoyed by all citizens: New Year, the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), the Qingming Festival, Labor Day, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and National Day. The Spring Festival is the biggest holiday in China.

All official holidays in China in 2021 have come to an end. The next China public holiday will be in 2022 — New Year's Day (Janauary 1). Chinese New Year will fall on February 1, 2022. 

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2022 China National Holidays Calendar

2022 Date Public Holiday Holiday
January 1 New Year's Day January 1–3
February 1 Spring Festival January 31 – February 6
April 5 Qingming Festival April 3–5
May 1 Labor Day April 30 – May 4
June 3 Dragon Boat Festival June 3–5
September 10 Mid-Autumn Festival September 10–12
October 1 National Day October 1–7

China Holidays Calendar 2021

Here are the seven China public holidays in a table with their 2021 dates and durations.

2021 Date Public Holiday Holiday
January 1 New Year's Day January 1–3
February 12 Spring Festival
(Chinese New Year)
February 11–17
April 4 Qingming Festival
(Tomb Sweeping Day)
April 3–5
May 1 Labor Day May 1–5
June 14 Dragon Boat Festival June 12–14
September 21 Mid-Autumn Festival
(Mooncake Festival)
September 19–21
October 1 National Day October 1–7

China’s Festivals and Holidays

 Besides the 7 public holidays above, here is a list of other traditional and modern holidays and observances. Learn more on 2022 China Public Holidays.

2022 Date Holiday Remarks
The fifteenth day of the first lunar month
(February 15)
Lantern Festival Enjoy lanterns, lantern riddles, eat tangyuan
March 8 Women's Day All adult females have half a day off.
May 4 Youth Day Youths aged 14–28 years old have half a day off.
June 1 Children’s Day Children under 14 years of age have one day off.
August 1 Army Day Soldiers in service have half a day off.
The seventh day of the seventh lunar month
(August 4)
Qixi Festival  Chinese Valentine's Day
The fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month
(August 12)
Ghost Festival A traditional festival for ancestor worship
The ninth day of the ninth lunar month
(October 4)
Double Ninth Festival A day for the old — senior citizens’ day
December 21 Winter Solstice Festival Eat dumplings

China’s Ethnic Minority Holidays

Date Holiday Ethnic Group Region
Days 1–15 of month 1 of the Tibetan calendar (Jan. 31 – Feb. 14 in 2022) Tibetan New Year Tibetan Tibet
Third day of the third lunar month (Mar./Apr.)
(April 3 in 2022)
Double Third Festival Zhuang Guangxi
April 13–15 Water-Sprinkling Festival Dai Xishuangbanna
15th day of the third lunar month (Apr./May) Sisters' Meal Festival Miao Guizhou
Month 6 day 4 of the lunar calendar (Jun./Jul.) Naadam Mongolian Inner Mongolia
Month 6 day 30 of the Tibetan calendar (August 8 in 2021) Shoton Tibetan Lhasa
Month 12 day 10 of the Islamic calendar (Sep. 12 in 2021) Corban Hui, Uygur, Kazak, and other Muslims Ningxia, Xinjiang
9th day of the 11th lunar month (Nov./Dec.) Miao New Year Festival Miao Guizhou

Other China Holidays

  • Summer holidays: The summer holiday for most Chinese students run from early July to late August. Many families plan a long journey for a relaxing family vacation during the summer holidays.
  • Winter holidays: Like the summer holiday, only students and teachers will enjoy this school holidays. It extends about 15 days before and after Chinese New Year.
  • Tourism holidays: Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, Luoyang Peony Festival
  • Western holidays celebrated in China: Only some international schools observe Western holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

Travel Tips for China’s Holidays

  • Be prepared for the crowds. Tourist attractions, hotels, and transportation are at their most crowded during public holidays. A private tour can help avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Book tourist attractions, hotels, flights, and train tickets well in advance because the transport system faces significantly increased traffic loads during public holidays.
  • Make sure you arrive at the railway station or airport a little earlier than you would otherwise.
  • Government offices and banks are shut but they will usually have some staff on duty.
  • Some businesses will keep running during the holidays. Most large malls, tourist attractions, public transport, hotels, and restaurants will open as usual, or even stay open longer.
  • During Chinese New Year, most establishments close for up to a week, except for some in the service sector, such as hotels and large restaurants.

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