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Office Hours & Public Holidays

Office Hours

The Chinese work five days a week and take Saturdays and Sundays off. The office hours for a government department are from 8:00 to 17:00, with lunchtime lasting for one hour.

Travel agencies, department stores, banks and foreign-exchange counters in tourist hotels have similar opening hours, but generally do not close for lunch and are usually open Saturday and Sunday as well (at least in the morning).

Many parks, zoos and monuments have similar opening hours and are also open on weekends and often at night.

Long-distance bus stations and train stations open their ticket offices around 5am or 5.30am, before the first trains and buses pull out. They stay open until midnight with maybe a one- or two-hour break in the middle of the day.

National Holidays

The 1 May holiday has been drawn out into a week-long holiday, as has National Day on 1 October. The Chinese New Year is also a week-long holiday; it' s not a great idea to arrive in China or go travelling during these holidays as things tend to grind to a halt.

Major holidays include:

public holiday date
New Year's Day 1 January
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) usually February
International Women's Day 8 March
International Labor Day 1 May
Birthday of the Chinese Communist Party 1 July
Anniversary of the founding of the PLA 1 August
National Day 1 October


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