Posted by: changholt | January 6, 2016

The 6 Chinese holidays you need to know

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Happy New Year everyone, and for those who work with China, it’s time to look at those 6 key Chinese holidays. Here is the official list for Chinese holidays 2016. FYI, many of the holidays that provide long days off, may not be as long as one may think. Your Chinese counterparts often have to make those days off over the weekend (pay special attention to “adjusted days off”, you really don’t get as many holidays as one might think).

China Public Holidays 2016

Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), February
Chinese New Year (otherwise known as “Spring Festival”) 2016
Date: Monday, February 8, 2016
Days off: February 7-13, 2016 (Sunday-Saturday)
Adjusted Working Days: Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 14

Tomb Sweep Festival, April (otherwise known as “Qingming”)
Date: Monday, April 4, 2016
Days off: April 2-4, 2016 (Saturday-Monday)
No Adjusted Working Days

Labor Day (May Day) Holiday, May
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Days off: April 30-May 2, 2016 (Saturday-Monday)
No Adjusted Working Days

Dragon Boat Festival, June
Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016
Days off: June 9-11, 2016 (Thursday-Saturday)
Adjusted Working Days: Sunday, June 12

Mid-Autumn Festival 2016, September
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Days off: September 15-17, 2016 (Thursday-Saturday)
Adjusted Working Days: Sunday, September 18

National Day (otherwise known as “Golden Week”) October
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Days off: October 1-7, 2016 (Saturday-Friday)
Adjusted Working Days: Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9

For more details see That’s China article (great calendar pictorial) or the official government website

I hope that helps you work better with your Chinese colleagues!


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