Holidays in China 2017

Regardless of whether we import from or export to China, we should plan our business moves ahead of time. You should also plan your visits at Chinese fairs or business trips to factories located there in advance, which is why we are presenting the Chinese holidays calendar for the upcoming 2017. Holidays in China 2017 includes the most important public holidays. We publish this list annually because Chinese holidays fall on different days every year.

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The most important public holiday is the Chinese New Year – that is when you should expect at least a two-week stoppage in factories or offices. However, there are also many less known holidays such as the Mid-Autumn Festival or the National Day of the People’s Republic of China.

Holidays in China 2017

Chinese New Year – January 28, 2017 (Saturday)

  • Non-working days: January 21 – February 5, 2017
  • Many companies take two weeks off, e.g. from Jan 20 – Feb 6
  • Apart from offices or companies, many service outlets or restaurants are also closed in that period
  • We do not recommend traveling to China at that time
  • You can expect flight tickets and hotel prices to be a lot higher than usual
  • If you import from China, keep in mind high sea fright rates in December and January

Qingming Festival – April 4, 2017 (Tuesday)

  • Non-working days: April 2-4, 2017
  • Public holiday falls on Tuesday
  • Only two non-working days, Wednesday is a normal working day
  • It is celebrated throughout the country
  • When planning a business trip to China, you should take the non-working days into account

Labor Day – May 1, 2017 (Monday)

  • Non-working days: April 29 – May 2
  • One of the most important public holidays in China
  • Widely known as “May Day”; Chinese people go on short vacations
  • When planning a trip to China, you should expect more intensive tourist traffic

Dragon Boat Festival – May 30, 2015 (Wednesday)

  • Non-working days: May 28-30, 2017
  • Dragon boat racing is organized in the entire country
  • One of the Chines “long weekends”
  • Big tourist traffic in the entire country

Mid-Autumn Festival – October 4, 2017 (Wednesday)

  • Non-working days: October 1-8, 2017
  • The festival falls in the same week as the National Day of the People’s Republic of China
  • Due to this overlapping of dates, the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day of the People’s Republic of China are celebrated at the same time, which is why you should expect huge crowds
  • We do not recommend traveling to China at that time

National Day of the People’s Republic of China – October 1-7, 2017

  • Non-working days: October 1-8, 2017
  • Companies, factories and offices are closed
  • The second most important Chinese public holiday after the Chinese New Year
  • We do not recommend traveling to China at that time
  • Museums, historical monuments and tourist routes are very crowded.
  • Accommodation, plane and railway tickets are very expensive

Singles’ Day – November 11, 2017

  • Most popular “online” festival in China
  • Chinese Black Friday
  • Huge online sales day
  • Aliexpress offers sales up to 70-90% also to Polish customers

The above list includes the most important non-working days and public holidays in China in 2017, when it is recommended to refrain from visiting that destination. There are more public holidays in China, however they do not create as many inconveniences and difficulties as the ones listed above.

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