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Chinese Public Holidays
China has 16 legal holidays, including New Year¡®s Day, Spring Festival, May Day, National Day, Qingming Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival when all Chinese people will be on vacation. The other nine are for special industries or specific people like Women¡®s Day, Arbor Day, Youth Day, International Nurse Day, Children¡®s Day, Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party (the Party¡®s Birthday) and Army Day of the Chinese People¡®s Liberation Army, Teacher¡®s Day, and Journalists¡® Day.

Peak time for travel in China always occurs on National Day, which we Chinese call the ¡®Seven-day Golden Week¡®, sometimes the New Year¡®s Day and Spring Festival. Hotel rooms, train tickets or air tickets will definitely be in great demand then. So it is smart to avoid going to China during these peak festivals, because of the crowds and the difficulty of travel.
Holidays in China

New Year¡®s Day      January 1st   One day
Spring Festival Subject to the lunation, normally in January or February three days (New Year¡®s Eve, 1st and 2nd  day of the first lunar month)
May Day           May 1st      One day (May 1st)
National Day             October 1st  three days (October 1st, 2nd and 3rd )
Qingming Festival        April 5th  One day (April 5th)
Dragon Boat Festival     The 5th day of the 5th lunar month       One day (5th day of the 5th lunar month)
Mid-Autumn Festival      The 15th day of the 8th lunar month        One day (The 5th day of the 8th lunar month)
Women¡®s Day          March 8th               half day for women
Arbor Day          March 12th                No days off  
Youth Day        May 4th              Half day for the youth above 14 years
International Nurse Day     May 12th           No days off
Children¡®s Day            June 1st      One day for children under 13 years
Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party    July 1st    No days off  
Army Day of the Chinese People¡®s Liberation Army   August 1st      Half day for active army
Teacher¡®s Day      September 10th      No days off
Journalists¡® Day    November 8th            No days off