Chinese holiday calendar for 2021. 2 golden weeks, 5 short holidays

Happy New Year ! Hope everyone had a lovely start to 2021 with friends and family where possible.
It was a fun one here in Shanghai where we are fortunate to be able to have gatherings again so one could have a nice SPA day, New Year’s Eve party and a family gathering to mark the occasion over the long weekend.

Speaking of holidays, if you are in China or travelling to or from the Middle Kingdom, make sure to check the official calendar for holidays (as well as make-up days) for 2021. China is pretty unique as far I’ve experienced, in that there are government mandated weekend make-up days so that workers can have longer holidays to spend with their families, particularly in the form of 2 “golden weeks” for Spring Festival and National Week. So although it may seem like there’s a lot of holidays in China, actually there are only 11 days of holidays as below:

New Year’s Day1
Spring Festival3
Ching Ming1
Labor Day1
Dragon Boat Festival1
Mid-Autumn Festival1
National Day3
TOTAL11
Actual holiday days in China (excluding make-up days) 2021

2021 Holiday Schedule

Here’s the official holidays only along with the make-up working days. Here’s the English version next to the Chinese source.

1. New Year’s Day: January 1st to 3rd, 2021, 3 days in total.

2. Spring Festival: February 11-17 will be closed for a total of 7 days. Work on February 7 (Sunday) and February 20 (Saturday).

3. Ching Ming Festival: April 3 to 5 will be closed for a total of 3 days.

4. Labor Day: May 1st to 5th, the holiday will be adjusted for a total of 5 days. Work on April 25 (Sunday) and May 8 (Saturday).

5. Dragon Boat Festival: It will be closed from June 12th to 14th for a total of 3 days.

6. Mid-Autumn Festival: September 19-21 will be closed for a total of 3 days. Work on September 18 (Saturday).

7. National Day: From October 1st to 7th, it will be closed for a total of 7 days. Work on September 26 (Sunday) and October 9 (Saturday).

China’s 2021 Holiday Calendar

China’s 2021 Holiday Schedule - from China Briefing
China’s 2021 Holiday Schedule Calendar – from China Briefing

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