Buddhism in China

Public Holidays

2007 Holiday Name
Mon, Jan 1 New Year's Day
Sun, Feb 18 Chinese New Year
Mon, Feb 19 Chinese New Year
Tue, Feb 20 Chinese New Year
Feb 21-24  Chinese New Year Golden Week Holiday
Tue, May 1-3 Labour Day
May 4 - 7 Labour Day Golden Week Holiday
Oct 1-3 National Day
Oct 4-7 National Day Golden Week Holiday


The Chinese Government has announced that it may scrap its "golden week" public holiday system and make more traditional festivals into full public holidays by 2009. The May Day public holiday and the October National Day public holiday would both be shortened in exchange for the addition of new public holidays on 3 of the traditional Chinese festivals.

China may shorten the length of its Golden Week holidays and add more traditional festivals on its list of pubic holidays.The National Development and Reform Commission, China's top planning body, has issued a draft on modifying public holidays, according to the information released at Wednesday's summit forum about China's social development policy. Lunar New Year's Eve, the Lantern Festival, Qingming, the Dragon-Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival, are the five major traditional Chinese festivals that may become new public holidays, according to the draft. The May and October Golden Weeks, established in 1999, would be shortened to compensate these new holidays (probably 2 would be selected). The shortening of the Lunar New Year Golden Week is not currently being considered as, on the contrary, the addition of Lunar New Year's Eve Sanshi is being considered as part of the reform package.

Public holidays in China that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck).


While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2007 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for China, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. Some of the bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for China are based on calendars whose determination is inherently approximate, as described in the footnotes below, which we strongly urge you to read. In addition, in many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by the local authorities and you are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of China, before planning any trip to China.