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School Holidays

LTL Mandarin School runs all year, including Christmas and Chinese New Year. While the school is closed on Chinese holidays, all classes are moved to other days before or after the holiday, meaning that the curriculum continues normally and it is possible to study throughout the whole year without loosing any classes. You will never loose any classes you paid for because of a holiday.


2017 is the Chinese Year of the Rooster

For 2017 LTL is closed on the following Chinese national holidays:

  • January 1st, 2017 – International New Year
  • January 27th to February 2nd 2017 – Chinese New Year*
  • April 4th 2017 – Qing Ming Jie
  • May 1st 2017 – Labor Day
  • May 28th to May 30th 2017 – Dragon Boat Festival**
  • October 1st – 6th 2017 – National Holiday/Mid-Autumn Festival***

For the following dates in 2017, classes will be moved from a working day to a weekend:

  • *February 1st (Wednesday) and 2nd (Thursday) are moved to January 22nd (Saturday) and February 4th (Saturday)
  • **May 30th (Tuesday) is moved to May 27th (Saturday)
  • ***This year both holidays fall on the same date. October 6th (Thursday) and October 7th (Friday) are moved to October 8th (Saturday) and October 9th (Sunday)

Please make sure you adjust your arrival times accordingly. If there are any questions, we are more than happy to explain, just drop us an email. Contact us


Why it works this way

Because Chinese holidays follow a lunar calendar, the dates can change from year to year. In an attempt to create consecutive days of holiday time for people to travel to their hometowns, workers in China are often required to work on a weekend day for getting a mid-week working day off. In this way, you still get the same number of working days and holidays, but the holidays are blocked together. This might sound a bit strange to you and be different to how you are used to this in your home country, but do not worry once you spent a bit of time familiarizing yourself with the concept, the system actually does make sense.

It’s important to note that this day-swapping is applied differently by various companies and government offices. in China. For interns, please make sure you check with your company how they adjust their working times.

At LTL, we believe the work day substitution makes sense when it creates a weeklong holiday, which is the case for Chinese New Year and National Holiday.

So, for Chinese New Year and National Day, LTL will follow the official Chinese government system for swapping working days for weekend days. For all other holidays, we will only move the classes from the holiday, to either the week before, after, or just teach on the actual holiday.

Please note that the information above is based on our experience and what we expect holidays to be like in 2017. The Chinese government does not issue official guidelines for 2017 National Holidays until quite late into 2016, so small changes could still occur.