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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. See below China's main holidays in 2018/2019:
|Holiday Name||2018 Date||2018 Days Off||2019 Date||2019 Days Off||Summary|
|New Year's Day||Jan. 1||Dec. 30, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018||Jan. 1||TBA||The beginning of a new year based on the Gregorian calendar.|
|Chinese New Year||Feb. 16||Feb. 15–21, 2018||Feb. 5||Feb. 4–10, 2019||It is also called Spring Festival, and is the most important festival in China.|
|Qingming Festival||Apr. 5||Apr. 5–7||Apr. 5||TBA||Beginning one of the 24 Chinese solar terms in China, it is also called Tomb Sweeping Day, and is for commemorating the dead.|
|Zhuang Song Festival (Only in Guangxi Province)||Apr. 18||April 18–22||Apr. 7||TBA||During the festival, people dress up in their most colorful minority costume. The charming dancing and singing always attracts many people.|
|Labor Day||May 1||Apr. 29–May 1||May 1||TBA||China's celebration of International Labor Day.|
|Dragon Boat Festival||June 18||Jun. 16–18||Jun. 7||TBA||A traditional Chinese festival with activities such as dragon boat racing and eating zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in leaves).|
|School Holidays||Early July to late August||School students have a summer holiday for 50 days or so, university students for longer. Popular attractions become more crowded.|
|Mid-Autumn Day||Sep. 24||Sept. 22–24||Sep. 13||TBA||A day for Chinese family reunions and a harvest festival in China.|
|National Day||Oct. 1||Oct. 1–7||Oct. 1||TBA||The celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China.|
Only Hong Kong and Macau have public holidays for Christmas.
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.
Tourist attractions, hotels, and tranportation are at their most crowded on public holidays, government offices and banks shut, but shops and other amenities stay open.
However, at Chinese New Year, most establishments close for up to a week, except those particularly serving travelers, like hotels and large restaurants.
If you want to visit China to experience traditional Chinese festivals, or avoid the holiday crowds, we can offer you assistance. View our top 10 China tours, or see our top recommendations for a first tour:
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