2018 Chinese National Holidays

Below is a list of the 2018 National Holidays for China. Feel free to make a note of these and if you have any questions regarding National Holidays in China do feel free to contact us.

2018 is the Year of the Dog

2018 is the year of the dog

  • January 1st, 2018 – International New Year
  • February 15th to February 21st 2018 – Chinese New Year *
  • April 4th 2018 – Qing Ming Jie (Tomb Sweeping Day) **
  • May 1st 2018 – Labor Day ***
  • June 18th – Dragon Boat Festival
  • September 24th – Mid Autumn Festival
  • October 1st – 7th 2018 – National Holiday ****

For the following dates in 2018, Saturdays or Sundays are moved to a work day. (Why? Read below for an explanation of how this system works.)

  • *February 11th (Sunday) and 24th (Saturday) are moved to February 20th (Tuesday) and 21st (Wednesday)
  • **April 7th (Saturday) and 8th (Sunday) are moved to April 5th (Thursday) and 6th (Friday)
  • ***May 28th (Saturday) is moved to May 30th (Monday)
  • **** September 29th (Saturday) and October 13th (Sunday) are moved to October 4th (Thursday) and October 5th (Friday)

Chinese National Holidays at LTL Mandarin School

LTL Mandarin School runs all year, including Christmas and Chinese New Year. You will never lose any classes you paid for because of a holiday.

However, if your teacher travels home during a holiday, your classes might have to be moved to other days before or after the holiday. So especially during longer holidays like Chinese New Year and National Holiday be prepared that there might be some changes to your schedule.

Confused with all the working Sundays and random days off? That’s because it is confusing! Read below for a proper explanation of how holidays in China really work.

Chinese national holidays do not work like in any other country. So if you really want to understand when people in China have national days off you will have to spend a bit of time trying to understand the system. This is important because many days that might look like holidays (and are often shown as such on many websites) are in fact not holidays. They are a Saturday or Sunday moved to a week day and in return a weekend will become a normal working day.

National holiday regulations in China can turn Sundays into regular working days.

China has five national holidays every year: Chinese New Year, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labour Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid Autumn Festival and National Holiday. For Chinese New Year and National Holiday three days off are given. For the other three holidays there is only one day off. In addition the Chinese government practices a very unique system that aims to create longer consecutive holidays by exchanging work and weekend days. So sometimes a Saturday or a Sunday might be a normal work day, while a normal work day is given off.

Even though this makes the whole system a bit confusing and nobody enjoys having to work on a Sunday, it is not without merits. Most Chinese workers do not live in their home towns and are often given very little annual leave. That means for many the only chance to travel home to visit families are these national holiday/weekend combos.

As an example: National Chinese Holiday 2019

1st – 3rd of October (Tue-Thur) are national holidays

Sunday the 29th of Sep. and Saturday 12th of October are declared working days

In return Friday the 4th and Monday the 7th of October are given off

This creates a consecutive holiday of seven days from Tuesday the 1st of October until Monday the 7th of October.

Also:

  • If a holiday falls on a weekend, the following Monday is given off instead.
  • The government re-interprets rules on how work and weekend days should be interchanged every year and on a very short term basis. Usually the exact holiday guidelines are only release one to two months before the actual holiday takes place.
  • Except Labour Day and National Holiday, Chinese holidays follow the lunar calendar and are on a different date each year.

2019 Chinese National Holidays

2019 is the Year of the Pig

2019 is the Year of the Pig

Below is a list of the 2019 National Holidays for China. Feel free to make a note of these and if you have any questions regarding National Holidays in China do feel free to contact us.

  • January 1st, 2019 – International New Year *
  • February 4th to February 10st 2019 – Chinese New Year **
  • April 5th 2019 – Qing Ming Jie (Tomb Sweeping Day)
  • May 1st 2019 – Labor Day  ***
  • June 7th 2019 – Dragon Boat Festival
  • September 13th 2019 – Mid Autumn Festival
  • October 1st – 7th 2019 – National Holiday ****

For the following dates in 2019, Saturdays or Sundays are moved to a work day, so the work day is off and the weekend day becomes a work day.

  • *  31st of December 2018 (Sunday) is moved to January 1st 2019 (Monday)
  • ** 2nd of February (Saturday) and 16th of February (Saturday) are moved to 7th (Thursday) and 8th (Friday) of February
  • *** April 27th (Saturday) and 28th (Sunday) are moved to April 29th (Monday) and April 30th (Tuesday)
  • **** September 29th (Sunday) and October 12th (Saturday) are moved to October 3rd (Thursday) and 4th (Friday)

 

2020 Chinese National Holidays

2020 is the Year of the Rat

Below is a list of the 2020 National Holidays for China. Feel free to make a note of these and if you have any questions regarding National Holidays in China do feel free to contact us.

  • January 1st, 2020 – International New Year
  • January 24th to 30th 2020 – Chinese New Year *
  • April 4th 2020 – Qing Ming Jie (Tomb Sweeping Day) **
  • May 1st 2020 – Labor Day
  • June 25th 2020 – Dragon Boat Festival ***
  • September 27th 2020 – Mid Autumn Festival ****
  • October 1st – 7th 2020 – National Holiday *****

For the following dates in 2019, Saturdays or Sundays are moved to a work day, so the work day is off and the weekend day becomes a work day.

  • *  January 19th (Sunday) and February 1st (Saturday) are moved to January 29th (Wednesday) and 30th (Thursday)
  • ** April 4th is a Saturday, so April 3rd (Friday) will be given off instead
  • *** 28th of June (Sunday) will be moved  to the 26th (Friday) of June.
  • **** September 27th is a Sunday so Monday the 28th of September 2020 will be given off instead
  • ***** October 10th (Saturday) is moved to October 7th (Wednesday)

NOTE: Our school in Taiwan follows slightly different holidays.