There are seven official public holidays in China. They are New Year’s Day, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-autumn Day, and National Holiday. During public holidays, the major travel destinations are swarming with native travelers. So many foreign visitors would like to avoid these public holidays. The following 2014 / 2015 / 2016 public holiday calendar can help you plan your China travel.
|English Name||Chinese Name||Date||Legal Days Off||2014||2015||2016|
|New Years’s Day||元旦||Jan. 1||1 day||Jan.1||Jan.1||Jan.1|
|Spring Festival||春节||1st day of 1st lunar month||3 days||31 Jan.- 6 Feb||Feb. 19 - 25||Feb. 8 - 14|
|Qingming Festival||清明节||Apr. 4 or 5||1 day||Apr. 5 - 7||Apr. 4 - 6||Apr. 2 - 4|
|Labour Day||劳动节||May 1||1 day||May 1 - 3||May 1 - 3||Apr. 30 - May 2|
|Dragon Boat Festival||端午节||5th of 5th lunar month||1 day||May 31 - Jun. 2||Jun. 20 - 22||Jun. 9 - 11|
|Mid-Autumn Day||中秋节||Aug. 15 of 8th lunar month||1 day||Sept. 6 - 8||Sept. 26 - 28||Sept. 15 - 17|
|National Day||国庆节||Oct. 1||3 days||Oct. 1 - 7||Oct. 1 - 7||Oct. 1 - 7|
Travel Tips During China Holidays
There are two “golden weeks” among all holidays, Spring Festival Week and National Holiday Week, which means most people have “a week off”. So domestic visitors are allowed some discretionary travel around China. During these two weeks, most scenic or historical spots will be swarming with domestic travelers. And hotels, restaurants and train tickets or air tickets will be hard to be obtained so you are suggested to avoid these two golden weeks when you plan your China travel.