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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 (click to see when is Chinese New Year 2018), 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.
|Holiday Name||2018 Date||2018 Days Off||Summary|
|New Year's Day||Jan. 1||Dec. 30, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018||The beginning of a new year based on the Gregorian calendar.|
|Chinese New Year||Feb. 16||Feb. 15–21, 2018||It is also called Spring Festival, and is the most important festival in China.|
|Qingming Festival||Apr. 5||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||Apr. 29–May 1||China's celebration of International Labor Day.|
|Dragon Boat Festival||June 18||Jun. 16–18||A traditional Chinese festival with activities such as dragon boat racing and eating zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in leaves).|
|Mid-Autumn Day||Sep. 24||Sept. 22–24||A day for Chinese family reunions and a harvest festival in China.|
|National Day||Oct. 1||Oct. 1–7||The celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China.|
If you want to visit China to experience the traditional Chinese festivals, China Highlights can offer you assistance. Contact us and we will arrange an unforgettable tour for you.
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