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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.


2016 is the Chinese Year of the Monkey

2016 is the Chinese Year of the Monkey

For 2016 LTL is closed on the following Chinese national holidays:

  • January 1st, 2016 – International New Year
  • February 7th to February 10th, 2016 – Chinese New Year*
  • April 4th 2016 – Qing Ming Jie
  • May 2nd 2016 – Labor Day
  • June 9th 2016 – Dragon Boat Festival
  • September 15th 2016 – Mid-Autumn Festival
  • October 1st – 5th 2016 – National Holiday **

For the following dates in 2016, classes will be moved from a working day to a weekend:

  • *February 11th (Thursday) and 12th (Friday) are moved to February 6th (Saturday) and February 14th (Sunday)
  • ** 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. However, it doesn’t make sense for example to schedule classes the Saturday and Sunday before Qingming Festival in order to create what would only be a 3-day holiday from Monday-Wednesday.

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 2016. The Chinese government does not issue official guidelines for 2016 National Holidays until quite late into 2015, so small changes could still occur.