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Chinese Holidays - China Public Holidays

If it's China Tours you are looking for, please visit our China Tours page and our expert travel tips in China. Traditionally the Chinese used the lunar calendar and many Chinese holidays are based on lunar dates; therefore, the dates jump around on the Gregorian calendar. Nowadays, folks use the Gregorian calendar in everyday life.
Chinese Holidays & China Public Holidays - the upcoming festival

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Below is the official public holiday Schedule 2016/2017/2018 announced by the State Council in China Mainland

Chinese Holidays Day Days off in 2016 Days off in 2017 Days off in 2018
New Year's Day January, 1st of every year Jan. 1-3, 2016 Jan. 1-3, 2017 Jan. 1-3, 2018
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) New Year's Day of the lunar calendar, normally in late January or early February It falls on Feb. 8, 2016. The holiday is on Feb. 8 - 14. It falls on Jan. 28, 2017. The holiday is on Jan. 27-Feb. 2 It falls on Feb. 16, 2018. The holiday is on Feb. 15-21
Women's Day March 8 of every year half day of Mar. 8 Half day of Mar. 8 half day of Mar. 8
Arbor Day March 12 of every year No holiday No holiday No holiday
Qingming Festival April 4, April 5 or April 6 It falls on Apr. 4, 2016. The holiday is on Apr. 2-4 It falls on Apr. 4, 2017. The holiday is on Apr. 3-5 It falls on Apr. 5, 2018. The holiday is on Apr. 5-7
May Day May 1 Apr. 30 - May 2, 2016 May 1-3, 2017 Apr. 30 - May 2, 2018
Youth Day May 4th Half day of May 4th for 14 years old above Half day of May 4th for 14 years old above Half day of May 4th for 14 years old above
International Nurse Day May 12 No holiday No holiday No holiday
Children's Day June 1 No holiday No holiday No holiday
Dragon Boat Festival 5th day of the 5th lunar month It falls on Jun. 9, 2016. The holiday is on Jun. 9-11 It falls on May 30, 2017. The holiday is on May 28-30 It falls on Jun. 18, 2018. The holiday is on Jun. 16-18
Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party July 1 No holiday No holiday No holiday
Army Day of the Chinese People's Liberation Army August 1 half day of August 1st for active army half day of August 1st for active army half day of August 1st for active army
Teacher's Day September 10 No holiday No holiday No holiday
Mid-autumn Festival 15th day of the 8th lunar month It falls on Sep. 15, 2016. The holiday is on Sep. 15-17 It falls on Oct. 4, 2017 The holiday is on Oct 4 It falls on Sep. 24, 2018. The holiday is on Sep. 22-24
National Day October 1 Oct. 1 - Oct. 7, 2016 Oct. 1 - Oct. 7, 2017 Oct. 1 - Oct. 7, 2018
Journalists' Day November 8 No holiday No holiday No holiday
HK General Holidays for 2016/2017/2018
HK Holidays Date in 2016 Date in 2017 Date in 2018
The first day of January January 1 Friday January 1 Sunday January 1 Monday
Chinese New Year’s Eve February 7 Sunday January 27 Friday February 15 Thursday
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) February 8 Monday January 28 Saturday February 16 Friday
The second day of Spring Festival February 9 Tuesday January 28 Sunday February 17 Saturday
Good Friday March 25 Friday April 14 Friday March 30 Friday
The day following Good Friday March 26 Saturday April 15 Saturday March 31 Saturday
Easter Monday March 28 Monday April 17 Monday April 2 Monday
Ching Ming Festival April 4 Monday April 4 Tuesday April 5 Thursday
Labour Day May 1 Sunday May 1 Monday May 1 Tuesday
The Birthday of the Buddha May 14 Saturday May 3 Wednesday May 22 Tuesday
Dragon Boat Festival June 9 Thursday May 30 Tuesday June 18 Monday
HK Special Administrative Region Establishment Day July 1 Friday July 1 Saturday July 1 Sunday
Mid-Autumn Festival September 15 Thursday October 4 Wednesday September 24 Monday
National Day October 1 Saturday October 1 Sunday October 1 Monday
Chung Yeung Festival October 9 Sunday October 28 Saturday October 17 Wednesday
Winter Solstice December 21 Wednesday December 22 Friday December 22 Saturday
Christmas Day December 25 Sunday December 25 Monday December 25 Tuesday
Boxing Day December 26 Monday December 28 Tuesday December 26 Wednesday