Public Holidays in China 2019
Public Holidays in China for 2019 are as follows:
- January 1st, 2019 – International New Year*
- February 4th to February 10th 2019 – Chinese New Year**
- April 5th 2019 – Qing Ming Jie (Tomb Sweeping Day)
- May 1st 2019 – Labor Day***
- June 7th 2019 – Dragon Boat Festival
- September 13th 2019 – Mid Autumn Festival
- October 1st – 7th 2019 – National Holiday****
Why the stars next to certain dates?
Public Holidays in China are a little more complex than in most other countries! We’ll explain more below but in a nutshell…
To create longer consecutive holidays sometimes weekend days are declared working days. For 2019, therefore, the situation is this:
- *Sunday 31st of December 2018 is moved to Monday 1st of January 1st 2019
- **Saturday 2nd of February and Saturday 16th of February are moved to Thursday 7th and Friday 8th of February.
- ***Saturday 27th of April and Sunday 28th are moved to Monday 29th of April and Tuesday 30th of April.
- ****Sunday 29th of September and Saturday 12th of October are moved to Thursday 3rd of October and Friday 4th of October.
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.
Why are Public Holidays in China 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.