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Public holidays
2011
 2011 Day of week
Holiday name
Notes
Lunar
 Jan 1  Saturday  New Year  Western New Year  
         
 Jan 30  Sunday  work    
         

 Feb 2

 Wednesday  Spring Festival  
 Yes

 Feb 3

 Thursday  Spring Festival  Chinese New Year (eve)
 Yes
 Feb 4
 Friday  Spring Festival
 Chinese New Year
 Yes
 Feb 5
 Saturday
 Spring Festival  Chinese New Year  Yes
 Feb 6
 Sunday
     
 Feb 7
 Monday
     
 Feb 8
 Tuesday
     
 Feb 12
 Saturday  work    
         
 April 2
 Saturday
 work
   
 April 3
 Sunday  Tomb Sweeping Day  Ching Min
 Yes
 April 4
 Monday  
   
 April 5
 Tuesday      
         
 April 30
 Saturday
   Connect to the weekend  
 May 1  Sunday  Labour Day    
 May 2
 Monday  extension Labour Day
   
         
 Jun 6
 Monday  Dragon Boat  DuanWu  Yes
         
 Aug 6
 Saturday
 work
 (Universiade)  
         
 Aug 11
 Thursday  Universiade  Shenzhen ***
 
 Aug 12
 Friday  Universiade  Opening Ceremony
 
 Aug 13
 Saturday  Universiade  
 
 Aug 14
 Sunday  Universiade    
         
 Aug 20
 Saturday  work
 Universiade ***  
 Aug 21
 Sunday
 work  Universiade ***  
 Aug 22
 Monday  Universiade  Shenzhen only ***  
 Aug 23
 Tuesday  Universiade  Closing Cermony ***  
 Aug 24
 Wednesday  Universiade  Shenzhen only ***  
         
 Sep 10
 Saturday  Holiday    
 Sep 11
 Sunday  Holiday    
 Sep 12
 Monday  Holiday  Mid-autumn Festival  
         
 Oct 1  Saturday
 National day holiday
   
 Oct 2  Sunday
     
 Oct 3
 Monday
     
 Oct 4  Tuesday
     
 Oct 5  Wednesday
     
 Oct 6  Thursday
     
 Oct 7  Friday
     
 Oct 8  Saturday
 work    
 Oct 9
 Sunday  work    

 

Aug 11-14 and Aug 22-24 are official holidays in Shenzhen due to the Universiade [source

Update July 2011: Universiade holidays declared 

Update August 2011:  My employer (Tencent) only gives 1 day off (Friday 12th of August) and the other days are just normal working days. I've marked these days with ***

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 August 2011 )
 
2010
 2010 Day of week
Holiday name
Notes
Lunar
 Jan 1  Friday  New Year  Western New Year  
         
         

 Feb 13

 Saturday  Spring Festival  
 Yes

 Feb 14

 Sunday  Spring Festival  Chinese New Year (eve)
 Yes
 Feb 15
 Monday
 Spring Festival
 Chinese New Year
 Yes
 Feb 16
 Tuesday
 Spring Festival  Chinese New Year  Yes
 Feb 17
 Wednesday
     
 Feb 18
 Thursday
     
 Feb 19
 Friday
     
 Feb 20
 Saturday  work    
 Feb 21
 Sunday  work
   
         
 April 5  Monday  Tomb Sweeping Day  Ching Min (connected to weekend)  Yes
         
 April 30
 Friday
 Extension Labour Day  Connect to the weekend  
 May 1  Saturday  Labour Day    
         
 Jun 16  Wednesday  Dragon Boat  DuanWu  Yes
         
 Sep 19
 Sunday    WORK
 
 Sep 20
 Monday    work  
 Sep 21
 Tuesday    work  
 Sep 22
 Wednesday  Mid-Autumn Festival    Yes
 Sep 23
 Thursday
   ?  
 Sep 24
 Friday
   ?  
 Sep 25
 Saturday    WORK
 
 Sep 26  Sunday
   WORK  
 Sep 27  Monday
   work  
 Sep 28  Tuesday
   work  
 Sep 29  Wednesday
   work  
 Sep 30  Thursday
   work  
 Oct 1  Friday
 National Day Holiday
 National Day
 
 Oct 2  Saturday
     
 Oct 3  Sunday
     
 Oct 4
 Monday
     
 Oct 5  Tuesday
     
 Oct 6  Wednesday
     
 Oct 7  Thursday
     
 Oct 8  Friday
   work  
 Oct 9  Saturday
   WORK  

 

Especially the Mid-Autumn festival dates are always hard to predict. It should be 8 days total.

Updated 28th January 2010: The Spring Festival holidays will last from Feb. 13 to 19. The following Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 20 and 21) will be working days.

Updated 29th July 2010: The official schedule for Mid-Autumn and National Day holidays has been added. Many people are unhappy about the schedule! 

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 December 2010 )
 
2009

The official public holidays in 2009 (year of the Ox) for China are confirmed, this is the final overview:

 2009 Day of week
Holiday name
Notes
Lunar
 Jan 1  Thursday  New Year  Western New Year  
 Jan 2
 Friday  New Year extension
 Extension New Year. Work sunday the 4th
 
 Jan 3  Saturday  regular weekend
   
         

 Jan 25

 Sunday  Spring Festival  Chinese New Year (eve)
 Yes
 Jan 26
 Monday
 Spring Festival  First day new year
 Yes
 Jan 27  Tuesday  Spring Festival  Chinese New Year  Yes

 Jan 28

 Wednesday  Spring Festival  Chinese New Year  
 Jan 29  Thursday  Spring Festival  Chinese New Year  
 Jan 30  Friday  Spring Festival  Chinese New Year  
 Jan 31  Saturday  Spring Festival  Chinese New Year  
         
         
 April 4  Friday  Tomb Sweeping Day  Ching Min (connected to weekend)  Yes
         
 May 1  Friday  Labour Day  Connected to weekend
 
 May 2
 Saturday    Weekend  
 May 3
 Sunday    Weekend  
 *May 4  Monday golden week extension
 Extra holiday in 2009  
 *May 5  Tuesday golden week extension  Extra holiday in 2009  
 *May 6  Wednesday    Annual leave, optional but encouraged  
 *May 7  Thursday    Annual leave, optional but encouraged  
 May 8  Friday  work    
 May 9/10
 Sat/Sunday  work    
         
May 28  Thursday  Dragon Boat  DuanWu  Yes
May 29  Friday  extension  Extension Dragon boat, work sunday 31st
 
May 30
 Saturday  regular weekend
   
         
 Oct 1  Thursday  National Day holiday  
 
 Oct 2  Friday  National Day    
 Oct 3  Saturday  Mid-Autumn Festival  Combine with National Day?  Yes
 Oct 4  Sunday  Mid-Autumn    
 Oct 5
 Monday  Mid-Autumn    
 Oct 6  Tuesday  Mid-Autumn    
 Oct 7  Wednesday  Mid-Autumn    
 Oct 8  Thursday  Mid-Autumn    

Notes : the National Day holiday and Mid Autumn festival in 2009 are very close together. Confirmed: they will be combined in a long holiday (8 days) starting October 1st. Previously this table stated the holiday will probably start September 26th, but that was wrong.

* About the May 1st Golden Week in some provinces: IT HAS BEEN BANNED BY THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT:

"In a surprise move, the State Council banned any special holiday arrangement Thursday, the day after Guangdong had made its golden week national holiday announcement" (source). Article about the original plans for the May 1st holiday: source 


To summarize, the two golden weeks in 2009 are:

  • January 25 - January 31 (7 days)
  • October 1 - October 8 (8 days)


The total number of vacation days in China in 2009 is 15(+2) (excluding weekends of course).

source Chinese holidays (Chinese)

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 June 2009 )
 
2008

The official public holidays in 2008 for China are:

 2008 Day of week
Holiday name
Notes
Lunar
 Jan 1  Tuesday New Year    
 Feb  6  Wednesday Spring Festival New Year's Eve
 yes
 Feb 7  Thursday Spring Festival    yes
 Feb 8
 Friday Spring Festival    yes
 Feb 9
 Saturday Spring Festival    yes
 Feb 10
 Sunday Spring Festival    yes
 Feb 11
 Monday Spring Festival    yes
 Feb 12
 Tuesday Spring Festival    yes
 Apr 4
 Friday Tomb Sweeping Day Ching Min
 yes
 May 1
 Thursday Labour Day    
 May 2
 Friday Labour Day extension, work Sunday May 4  
 Jun 8
 Sunday Dragon Boat
   yes
 Jun 9
 Monday Dragon Boat
   yes
 Aug 8
 Friday Beijing Olympics Opening ceremony
 
 Aug 24  Sunday Beijing Olympics Closing ceremony
 
 Sep 14
 Sunday Mid-Autumn Festival
   yes
 Sep 15
 Monday Mid-Autumn Festival
   yes
 Sep 29
 Monday National Day holiday
   
 Sep 30
 Tuesday National Day holiday
   
 Oct 1
 Wednesday National Day    
 Oct 2
 Thursday National Day holiday
   
 Oct 3
 Friday National Day holiday    

 

August 8 has been proposed as a national holiday called 'Sports Day' but has not been approved as of April 2008. The current status is unknown. The parts of the calender marked in red are the two 'big' holidays in China during which most Chinese can travel.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 April 2008 )
 
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