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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Please scroll below to view.

The Central People’s Government (known also as the State Council) is the highest state administrative authority in China. The General Office of the State Council releases the country’s official holiday dates for the following year in November/December.

Every year, the State Council provides extra holidays to make long holiday weeks, especially during the country’s largest and most important holiday, the Spring Festival. However, official working days on a Saturday or Sunday are also imposed to make up for these given extra holidays. The term ‘Golden Week’ is used to signify a 7-day national holiday – it usually refers to the Spring Festival holidays (around January/February) and the National Day holidays (which begins on 1 October).

There are seven official holidays in China, they are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Spring Festival
  • Qingming Festival
  • Labor Day
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Mid-Autumn Festival
  • National day

The State Council also provides public holidays for specific social groups:

Public HolidayDateSocial Groups
International Women's Day8 March
(Half Day)
Youth Day4 May
(Half Day)
Youth (Age 14 to 28)
Children's Day1 June
(1 Day)
Children (Below Age 14)
Army Day1 August
(Half Day)
Military Personnel in Active Service

Public Holidays 2016

1 JanFriNew Year
2 JanSatNew Year
3 JanSunNew Year
6 FebSatOfficial Working Day
(in lieu of Spring Festival)
7 FebSunSpring Festival
8 FebMonSpring Festival
9 FebTueSpring Festival
10 FebWedSpring Festival
11 FebThuSpring Festival
12 FebFriSpring Festival
13 FebSatSpring Festival
14 FebSunOfficial Working Day
(in lieu of Spring Festival)
2 AprSatChing Ming Festival
3 AprSunChing Ming Festival
4 AprMonChing Ming Festival
1 MaySunLabour Day
2 MayMonLabour Day Holiday
9 JunThuTuen Ng Festival /
Dragon Boat Festival
10 JunFriTuen Ng Festival /
Dragon Boat Festival
11 JunSatTuen Ng Festival /
Dragon Boat Festival
12 JunSunOfficial Working Day
(in lieu of Dragon Boat Festival)
15 SepThuChinese Mid-Autumn Festival
16 SepFriChinese Mid-Autumn Festival
17 SepSatChinese Mid-Autumn Festival
18 SepSunOfficial Working Day
(in lieu of Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival)
1 OctSatNational Day
2 OctSunNational Day
3 OctMonNational Day
4 OctTueNational Day
5 OctWedNational Day
6 OctThuNational Day
7 OctFriNational Day
8 OctSatOfficial Working Day
(in lieu of National Day)
9 OctSunOfficial Working Day
(in lieu of National Day)

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
3 JanTueNew Year Holiday
27 JanFriChinese New Year's Eve
28 JanSatSpring Festival
29 JanSunSpring Festival
30 JanMonSpring Festival
31 JanTueSpring Festival
1 FebWedSpring Festival
2 FebThuSpring Festival
3 AprMonChing Ming Festival
4 AprTueChing Ming Festival
5 AprWedChing Ming Festival
1 MayMonLabour Day
28 MaySunTuen Ng Festival /
Dragon Boat Festival
29 MayMonTuen Ng Festival /
Dragon Boat Festival Holiday
30 MayTueTuen Ng Festival /
Dragon Boat Festival Holiday
1 OctSunNational Day
2 OctMonNational Day
3 OctTueNational Day
4 OctWedNational Day
4 OctWedChinese Mid-Autumn Festival
5 OctThuNational Day
6 OctFriNational Day
7 OctSatNational Day