Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival (Chunjie 春节), is the most important holiday in China. It is a time of family gatherings, and many Chinese people travel across the country. Chunjie is also celebrated in other Asian nations, such as South Korea or Malaysia, and among overseas Chinese. A period of increased traffic in China caused by the Spring Festival is called Chunyun (春运). It is the most massive annual migration in the world. Chinese New Year has a significant impact both on business and tourism. Hence, it needs to be always taken into account, especially if we import from China. Chinese New Year 2021 will last from 11 to 17 February.Continue reading
If you would like to come to China for business or tourist purposes, we advise you to check the dates for the China holidays 2020 beforehand to avoid unpleasant surprises. In China, there are public holidays on seven legal festivals in a year, specifically New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day. Often few days proceeding or following these festivals are also non-working days. Some festivals don’t have fixed days as their dates are set based on the moon calendar, which is different from the Gregorian one. Moon-month consists of 29-30 days. The times of Chinese New Year, Qingming Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Day fall every year on a different date. Below we present a list of China Holidays 2020.
Usually in China, during the official holiday period, all official and governmental sectors are closed. There are some exceptions in the private sector, but most factories also stop work. When your company does business with China, it’s important to remember that, in China, holidays and festivals are different than those in the USA or Europe, and there might be fewer, but the business breaks are much longer!
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Usually during the official holiday period the whole private sector is working, but governmental institutions are closed. Holidays are also a chance for people to travel around China, so it is really hard to get a train ticket and the prices of plane ticket rise sharply. Understanding the holiday calendar will make planning our trip to China easier.