2018 - China's official holidays

December 11, 2017

China’s official holiday schedule for 2018 – the year of the dog - was released in November.  If you are doing business with partners there (including customers, suppliers, distributors and your own employees), or plan to do so in the coming year, then make sure you take note of these dates and put them in your own calendar.  There are many reasons for doing so, including:

  •   Knowing when they will be on shutdown, and also when they will be working extra-long weeks because of compensation weekend days

  •   Avoiding peak holiday travel times, when tickets are expensive and hard to buy

  •   Remembering to send seasonal greetings, and building your business friendships

As usual, the schedule features two major week-long holidays: Spring Festival (also known as Chinese New Year) and National Day.


Unusual as it may seem to those who haven’t experienced this before, China’s holiday schedule often includes additional official work days that fall on Saturdays and Sundays to compensate for long holidays. For example, Sunday 11 February and Saturday 24 February are official work days in 2018.


It is important to note that private companies have the right to determine their own schedules with additional days off as long as the official holidays are maintained.

China’s official holiday schedule for 2018 is as follows:


New Year

  • 30 December – 1 January (3 days in total including the weekend)

Spring Festival

  • 15 – 21 February (7 days in total)

  • 11 February (Sunday) and 24 February (Saturday) are official working days

Tomb Sweeping Day

  • 5 – 7 April (3 days in total including the Saturday)

  • 8 April (Sunday) is an official working day

Labour Day

  • 29 April – 1 May (3 days in total including the Sunday)

  • 28 April (Saturday) is an official working day

Dragon Boat Festival

  • 16 - 18 June (3 days in total including the weekend)

Mid-Autumn Festival 

  • 22 - 24 September (3 days in total including the weekend)

National Day

  • 1-7 October (7 days in total)

  • 29 September (Saturday) and 30 September (Sunday) are official working days










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