On November 21st 2019, China’s General Office of the State Council released the official public holiday schedule for 2020. The schedule features the two major public holidays – Spring Festival and the National Day Holiday.
You have to keep in mind that it’s common to work on the Saturday and Sunday prior to these breaks, as a means of compensating for the long breaks. For example, Sunday 19th January and Saturday 1st February 2020 are marked as official working days in the government calendar.
As well as this, private companies have the right to create their own holiday schedules, for example to allow additional days off, or to request workers to treat the Saturday and Sunday as working days prior to the holidays. The only rule is that the officially mandated holiday dates must be observed.
China’s official public holiday schedule for 2020
New Year’s Day Holiday:
- 1 Day off: January 1, 2020
Chinese New Year Holiday:
- 7 Days off: from January 24 - 30, 2020
- 2 Adjusted Working Days: January 19 and February 1, 2020
Tomb Sweeping Day Holiday (Qingming Festival)
- 3 Days off: from April 4 - 6
- 1 Adjusted Working Day: April 26
- 5 Days off: from May 1 - 5
- 1 Adjusted Working Day: May 9
Dragon Boat Festival
- 3 Days off: from June 25 - 27
- 1 Adjusted working day: June 28
- 1 Adjusted working day: September 27
Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese National Day
- 8 Days off: from October 1 - 8
- 1 Adjusted working day: October 10