China Holidays 2021/2022/2023
Chinese Festivals and Events

China Holidays 2021/2022/2023

By Chris QuanUpdated Jun. 29, 2021

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

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China's Holiday Schedule for 2021/2022/2023

Holiday Name 2021 Date 2021 Days Off 2022 Date 2022 Days Off 2023 Date 2023 Days Off
New Year's Day Jan. 1 Jan. 1-3, 2021 Jan. 1 TBA Jan. 1 TBA
Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) Feb. 12 Feb. 11–17 Feb. 1 Jan.31-Feb. 6 Jan. 22 Jan. 21–Jan.27
Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping) Apr. 4 Apr. 3–5 Apr. 5 TBA Apr. 5 TBA
Labor Day (May Day) May 1 May 1–5 May 1 TBA May 1 TBA
The Dragon Boat Festival June 14 June 12–14 June 3 TBA June 22 TBA
The Mid-Autumn Festival Sep. 21 Sep. 19–21 Sep. 10 TBA Sep. 29 TBA
National Day Oct. 1 Oct. 1–7 Oct. 1 Oct. 1–7 Oct. 1 Oct. 1–7

China Holidays for Certain People Only

China holiday: the Chinese New Year

Main Public Holidays in China

Chinese Holiday Calendar

1. New Year's Day

Date: January 1st

New Year's Day is one of the public holidays in China and people usually have 3 days off. Although it's not a traditional festival in China, most malls are decorated during this holiday and the shops launch sales promotions.

Where to Go

Harbin
Harbin

skiing, ice festival

Highlights

There is no doubt that Harbin is one of the most popular destinations in winter due to its grand and wonderful Ice and Snow Festival. The colorful Ice and Snow World won’t let you down.

You can also enjoy an all-inclusive relaxing winter holiday at Club Med Yabuli (next to China’s most renowned ski resort) and experience local winter life in China Snow Valley.

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2. The Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)

Chinese New Year Holiday DateChinese New Year

Date: 1st day in 1st lunar month

The Spring Festival is China's most important festival and holiday. People enjoy a week's holiday for family reunions, and many traditions and activities are pursued during that time.

Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, February 12, 2021, beginning year of the Ox. China's public holiday will be February 11–17, 2021.

In terms of travel, Chinese New Year is one of the low seasons for tourism, yet it's one of the best times for experiencing Chinese culture.

Read more on the Top 10 Interesting Facts You Didn't Know about Chinese New Year.

Where to Go

Dali riding bike
Yunnan

warmer weather, scenery, outdoor activities

Highlights

Yunnan has milder temperatures in winter. Meet the black-headed gulls from Siberia, bike around Erhai Lake, and hike up Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on a Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang tour.

If you’d prefer a warmer trip, Xishuangbanna and Pu’er are two of the best places in Mainland China around Chinese New Year. There you can explore the rainforest, meet elephants, feed a lively red panda, touch a gentle deer, and say hello to a lazy loris.

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3. The Qingming Festival

Date: April 4th or 5th

In China, the Qingming Festival is also called Tomb-Sweeping Day. It's a time for worshipping ancestors and starting to enjoy the greenery of spring. 

Where to Go

Guilin
Guilin

scenery, outdoor activities

Highlights

Guilin has fewer tourists during the Qingming Festival. The lemon and white rape flowers along the Yulong River in Yangshuo blossom and add to its beauty.

Besides the vernal scenery, you can try some interesting activities: driving an adventurous ATV, cable-protected cliffside climbing courses, making and painting a paper fan…

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4. Labor Day (May Day)

Date: May 1st

Chinese people have a 5-day holiday in 2021. This is another peak time for travel during the year.

Where to Go

Guilin
Guilin

scenery, outdoor activities

Highlights

Though Guilin may become busy around Labor Day, we can find some activities for you in less-traveled spots.

You can try a 2-hour via ferrata (cable-protected cliff climb) in Yulong River Ecological Park, explore a “mysterious” limestone cave with magnificent stalactites and stalagmites, and hike among the Longji Terraced Fields.

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5. The Dragon Boat Festival

China Public HolidaysDragon Boat Festival

Date: 5th day in 5th lunar month

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Duanwu Festival, is a traditional cultural festival in China. Chinese people enjoy 3 days off during the Dragon Boat Festival. 

Where to Go

Anji
Anji

scenery, outdoor activities

Highlights

City escapes are recommended for the 3-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday. If you live in Shanghai or Hangzhou, you should take Anji into consideration. There is a big entertainment park offering activities like cliff swinging, a glass skywalk, grass sledding, and rock climbing. Rafting and watching pandas are also available.

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6. The Mid-Autumn Festival

Date: 15th day in 8th lunar month

The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival in China. It's also known as the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival.

Generally, Chinese people have a 3-day holiday for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Sometimes, when the date is close to the weekend, people can have more days off. People in Hong Kong usually have 1 day off after the Mid-Autumn Festival. In 2021, the Mid-Autumn Festival is falling on Tuesday, September 21st.

Where to Go

Daocheng
Daocheng

scenery

Highlights

Daocheng is at its best from September to October. The red grasslands and yellow poplar forests make people feel like they are surrounded by a sea of color. The snowcapped mountains are also more irridescent under the blue sky and white clouds.

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7. National Day (Golden Week)

Date: October 1st

Chinese people have a week off in early October each year for the National Day. This is also a peak period for tourism since many people use this holiday to travel with their families. 

Where to Go

Daocheng
Daocheng

scenery

Highlights

Daocheng has the most beautiful scenery in autumn when it is covered by a colorful carpet of fall foliage. The expansive red grass and golden poplar tree forest mingle over the land, whose beauty is enhanced by the clear blue sky.

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8. Summer School Holidays (early July to late August)

The summer holidays for most Chinese students run from early July to late August. Many families plan a long journey for a relaxing family tour during the summer holidays. 

Where to Go

Lijiang Old Town
Yunnan

scenery, cool weather, outdoor activities

Highlights

Owing to its average 2,000-meter-altitude with abundant heat and light, Yunnan has a year-round spring-like climate. Yunnan’s summer is not very hot. The best cities to visit in Yunnan are Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La.

Go to Erhai, take a cable car ride to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, visit Songzanlin Lamasery… Lugu Lake is also a nice place to escape the summer heat and enjoy the incredible scenery.

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9. Winter School Holidays (about 15 days before and after Chinese New Year)

Compared to the summer holidays, the winter holidays are in the off-season and people don't travel as much. People are focused on Chinese New Year and family time. It's a great time for interacting with Chinese people and experiencing local culture. 

Where to Go

Harbin
Harbin

skiing, ice festival

Highlights

In winter, Harbin is changed into a world of ice sculptures. The Ice and Snow Festival is undoubtedly Harbin's most famous attraction, held from January 5th to the end of February. The nearby Yabuli Ski Resort is also an excellent place for enjoying the fun of skiing.

An extended trip to see the enchanting rime scenery of Jilin is also recommended.

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Minority Holidays

Besides these holidays, there are four other holidays for particular ethnic citizens and regional residents.

Chinese Minority Holidays

1. The Double Third Festival (third day of the third month of the Chinese lunar calendar): It's a traditional festival for many minorities in China. People in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have 3 days off.

2. The Sisters' Meal Festival (15th day of the third month in the lunar calendar): The Sisters' Meal Festival is an important festival of the Miao minority in China. It's a celebration of love and spring, and the celebrations usually last for 3 days.

3. The Miao New Year Festival: Different from the traditional Chinese New Year, the Miao New Year is often celebrated after the rice harvest. The dates usually fall on the period from the ninth to the 11th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, and it usually lasts for 5 to 15 days.

4. The Water-Sprinkling Festival (April 13–15): The Water-Sprinkling Festival is a traditional festival of the Dai minority. It falls during the New Year period of the Dai calendar.

Tourism Festivals

What's more, there are many tourism festivals administered by regional governments. For example:

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (January 5 – February 5) is an annual winter festival in Harbin. It was first celebrated in 1963 and is now the largest ice and snow festival in the world.

Tourism During the Public Holidays

China Holidays Schedule

Tourist attractions, hotels, and transportation are at their most crowded during public holidays. Government offices and banks are shut but they will usually have some staff on duty.

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.

However, during Chinese New Year, most establishments close for up to a week, except for those which are in the service industry, such as hotels and large restaurants.

Travel Tips

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