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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
 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)
 Jan 26
 Spring Festival  First day new year
 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)

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