Public Holidays in China 2020
Public Holidays in China for 2020 are as follows:
- 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*****
In keeping with the confusing nature of Public Holidays in China, here are the dates that switch around to create longer holidays. Find out more about this theory below.
- *Sunday 19th of January and Saturday 1st of February are moved to Wednesday 29th of January and Thursday 30th of January.
- **April 4th is a Saturday, so Friday 3rd of April will be given off instead.
- ***Sunday 28th of June will be moved to Friday 26th of June.
- ****September 27th is a Sunday so Monday 28th of September will be given off instead.
- *****Saturday 10th of October is moved to Wednesday 7th of October.
Public Holidays in China 2021
Now for the public holidays for 2021 in China…
- January 1st, 2021 – International New Year
- February 12th to 17th 2021 – Chinese New Year *
- April 5th 2021 – Qing Ming Jie (Tomb Sweeping Day)
- May 1st 2021 – Labor Day
- June 14th 2021 – Dragon Boat Festival
- September 20th & 21st 2021 – Mid Autumn Festival **
- October 1st – 7th 2021 – National Holiday ***
As for 2020, Saturdays or Sundays are moved to a working day, so the work day is off and the weekend day becomes a work day. Still with us…!?
- * February 7th (Sunday) and February 20th (Saturday) are moved to February 11th (Thursday) and 17th (Wednesday).
- ** Saturday 18th is worked to compensate for September 20th (Monday).
- *** September 26th (Sunday) is worked to compensate for October 6th (Wednesday). October 10th (Sunday) is worked to compensate for October 7th (Thursday).
Why are Public Holidays in China so Different?
So the theory behind moving working days to weekends is this:
China is a big country. If you were born in the south and work in Beijing, your journey home is not a short one.
For some people trains take a whole day, even longer, so spending two days of travelling means a 3 day holiday shows no reason to go home.
How about making a 3 day holiday a 7 day on instead? Then it becomes worthwhile.
Let’s say we have a holiday Monday-Wednesday. Including the weekend that gives us a 5 day break. Nice, but it could be even better.
By working on two other Saturdays (one before and one after the holiday) this allows two more days of leeway.
These two days can be added onto the current 5 day break (let’s say in this example – Thursday and Friday), meaning the 3 day holiday has become a 7 day one.
Sure working on weekends is no ones idea of fun, but due to the sheer size of China and mass of people, it makes sense for families who wish to spend that valuable time together that may only occur just once a year in many cases due to such busy working schedules.
Public Holidays in China at LTL Mandarin School
We are open all year round at LTL Mandarin School so don’t worry, you never miss any classes due to Public Holidays in China.
Your teacher may well be travelling home during the holiday season in China so this might be some re-arranging of classes or a different teacher for a few lessons. If you have any doubts or questions, just let us know but you’ll never miss any classes with us due to Public Holidays in China.