China has two week-long public holidays at the Spring Festival and October 1st. Spring Festival dates vary each year as the are determined by the lunar calendar. Retail outlets are open but many public offices close during these holidays. At Spring Festival, construction and renovation work grinds to a halt for 2-3 weeks as migrant workers return home. Lihong is open throughout the year but bear in mind that, as China shuts down, you can't see as many homes during the Spring Festival.

There are also six single-day holidays. If the holiday falls on a weekend, a Monday or Friday will be a holiday. If the holiday falls mid-week, there will be three consecutive days off during the week and Saturday and Sunday will be work days. These holidays are:

  • 1st January (New Year's Day)
  • Qing Ming* (Clear and Bright Festival or Hung Ghost's Festival)
  • 1st May (International Workers's Day)
  • Duan Wu Jie* (Dragon Boat or Rice Dumpling Festival)
  • Zhong Qiu Jie* (Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Cake Festival)

* These holidays fall on varying days each year as they are determined by the lunar calendar. Dates can be found here

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