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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to China public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of March 2019, and covering calendar year 2019 China public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of China public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Mar
  • 22
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  • China 2019 Public Holidays Amended

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - The Chancellery of the State Council of the People's Republic of China has issued a notice amending the 2019 non-working public holidays and postponement of working days in 2019 in China.
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2018

  • Nov
  • 30
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  • China 2019 Public Holidays Released

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - The Chancellery of the State Council of the People's Republic of China has issued a notice on the 2019 non-working public holidays and postponement of working days in 2019 in China.
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2017

  • Dec
  • 1
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  • China 2018 Public Holidays Officialized

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - China's General Office of the State Council has released the official list of non-working public holidays in China in 2018, as well as 2018 bridge public holidays, and compensatory Saturdays and Sundays for the upcoming calendar year 2018, confirming the previously-released list of non-working public holidays in China in 2018 that had been released by the Chancellery of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.
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  • Nov
  • 8
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  • China 2018 Public Holidays Released

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - The Chancellery of the State Council of the People's Republic of China has issued a notice on the 2018 non-working public holidays and postponement of working days in 2018 in China.
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2016

  • Dec
  • 2
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  • China 2017 Public Holidays Released

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - Late last night, China's General Office of the State Council released the official list of non-working public holidays in China in 2017, as well as 2017 bridge public holidays, and compensatory Saturdays and Sundays for the upcoming calendar year 2017.
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2015

  • Dec
  • 11
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  • China 2016 Public Holidays Released

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - Earlier this morning, China's General Office of the State Council released the official list of non-working public holidays in China in 2016, as well as 2016 bridge public holidays, and compensatory Saturdays and Sundays for the upcoming calendar year 2016.
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  • May
  • 13
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  • China 2015 Public Holidays Amended

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - Following this morning's announcement by the Chinese government of a national holiday for this year's celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II, China's General Office of the State Council has released an amended list of China's official annual non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2015.
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2014

  • Dec
  • 16
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  • China 2015 Public Holidays Released

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - After axing the National Holiday Office (NHS), created in 2000, and tasked with the determination of China's annual non-working public holidays schedule, last summer, and a lot of hesitation, China's General Office of the State Council has finally released the official list of China's annual non-working public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2015.
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  • Sep
  • 21
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  • China Mulls End Of Golden Week Public Holidays

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - Following the recent announcement that the National Holiday Office (NHS) was being shutdown, Cai Jiming, a professor at Beijing's Tsinghua University and a well-known member of the national committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, has conjectured that it is only a question of time before the Golden Week public holiday in China are scrapped.
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  • Sep
  • 17
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  • China Axes National Public Holidays Office

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - China's General Office of the State Council has announced that the National Holiday Office (NHS), created in 2000, and tasked with the determination of China's annual non-working public holidays schedule, was being shutdown as a consequence of the public opinion backlash against its most recent overhaul of China's annual non-working public holidays system.
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  • Feb
  • 27
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  • China Adds 2 National Holidays

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - The Chinese government has announced the addition of 2 annual national holidays in China, to commemorate VJ-Day, on September 2, and to commemorate the 1937 sacking of Nanjing, on December 13.
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2013

  • Dec
  • 11
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  • China 2014 Public Holidays Released

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - After conducting a series of informal and formal polls over the past 2 months, China's General Office of the State Council has finally released the official list of China's annual non-working public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2014.
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  • Nov
  • 27
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  • China 2014 Public Holidays Overhaul Update

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - China's General Office of the State Council has followed-up on last month's informal polls, with an official poll on seven major news websites, asking the Chinese public to choose between 3 different schemes of annual public holidays, each representing a substantial change as compared to China's last overhaul of its non-working public holidays calendar in 2007.
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  • Oct
  • 12
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  • China Mulls Public Holidays Overhaul

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - China's General Office of the State Council has setup polls on the major Chinese social networks and portals (Sina, Sohu and Tencent) asking for citizen feedback as to the current system of annual non-working public holidays in China.
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  • Mar
  • 7
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  • China Calls For Additional Public Holidays

    China Daily (Shenzhen) - A member of China's CPPCC National Committee, Sha Zhenquan, has called for an additional Golden Week of non-working public holidays in China at the end of July.
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2012

  • Dec
  • 11
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  • China 2013 Public Holidays Schedule Released

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - China's General Office of the State Council has released the final and official version of China's list of 2013 non-working public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for some of the bridge public holidays and for the traditional spring and fall, week-long, Golden Week public holidays.
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  • Nov
  • 12
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  • China 2013 Public Holidays Schedule Draft

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - China's General Office of the State Council has circulated a draft version of China's official list of 2013 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for some of the bridge public holidays and for the traditional spring and fall, week-long, Golden Week public holidays.
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  • Oct
  • 11
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  • China May 2013 Public Holidays Extension Ruled-Out

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - China's National Tourism Administration has issued a terse, 2-line, statement denying that a return to week long May public holidays would soon be announced, as had been reported in some local media.
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  • Aug
  • 17
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  • China 2012 Ramadan Public Holidays

    People's Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (Urumqi) - The Chinese provinces of Qinghai and Xinjiang have declared a 3-day regional public holidays for the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan).
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2011

  • Dec
  • 7
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  • China 2012 Public Holidays Schedule Announced

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - China's General Office of the State Council has released China's official list of 2012 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for some of the bridge public holidays and for the traditional spring and fall, week-long, Golden Week public holidays.
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  • Jul
  • 22
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  • China Declares Universiade Public Holidays

    China Daily (Shenzhen) - The Chinese State Council has approved the declaration of August 11-14 and August 22-24, 2011, as one-off, public holidays to coincide with the upcoming Universiade Games in Shenzhen.
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  • Mar
  • 9
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  • China Deputy Proposes 16-Day CNY Public Holidays

    China Daily (Sichuan Province) - A deputy of the Chinese National People's Congress, Li Jing, who is also the mayor of Meishan City in Sichuan Province, is proposing that the current 7-day Chinese/Lunar New Year public holidays be extended to 16 consecutive days.
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2010

  • Dec
  • 11
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  • China 2011 Public Holidays Schedule Announced

    Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing) - Last night, the State Council of China released China's official list of 2011 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for some of the bridge public holidays and for the traditional spring and fall, week-long, Golden Week public holidays.
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  • Sep
  • 29
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  • China Announces 3 Regional Public Holidays

    The People's Daily (Guangzhou) - The Government of Guangzhou has announced 3 municipal non-working public holidays on account of the upcoming 16th Asian Games.
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  • Aug
  • 20
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  • China Declares August 27 Shenzhen Public Holiday

    China Daily (Shenzhen SEZ) - The Chinese government has declared next Friday, August 27, 2010, a one-off regional public holiday in the Shenzhen SEZ to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Shenzhen special economic zone.
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  • Jun
  • 4
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  • China Confirms Extended Dragon Boat Public Holidays

    The Shanghai Daily (Shaghai) - China's State Council has released a statement confirming that the upcoming Dragon Boat (Duanwu) public holidays would run from Monday June 14th to Wednesday June 16th, 2010.
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  • May
  • 31
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  • China Considering November 12 Regional Public Holiday

    Radio Guangdong (Guangzhou) - The Guangzhou Communications Commission has announced that the Guangzhou government had decided to declare Friday, November 12, 2010, as a one-off regional public holiday to coincide with the first day of the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games.
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  • Apr
  • 2
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  • China Declares Shanghai World Expo Public Holidays

    CNReviews (Shanghai) - The Shanghai government has extended the upcoming May Day public holidays period for 2 additional days to coincide with the upcoming opening of the Shanghai World Expo.
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  • Jan
  • 20
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  • China Tourism Day Holiday Update

    Xinhua (Hunan) - The first results of a Chinese government sponsored online poll to solicit public opinion on a date for "national tourism day" are coming in with speculation that local governments are "forging fake support" for their recommendations.
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2009

  • Dec
  • 8
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  • China 2010 Public Holidays Schedule Announced

    State Council of China (Beijing) - Earlier today, the State Council of China released China's official list of 2010 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for some of the bridge public holidays and for the traditional spring and fall, week-long, Golden Week public holidays.
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  • Sep
  • 26
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  • China Public Holidays For Mao ?

    AFP (Guangdong) - Mao Xinyu, a member of China's National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and the grandson of late Chairman Mao Zedong, has proposed that China declare 2 public holidays to commemorate his grand-father.
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  • Sep
  • 18
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  • China Announces End of Ramadan Public Holiday In Ningxia

    Xinhua (Yinchuan) - The regional government of China's autonomous region of Ningxia have declared Monday, September 21, 2009, a public holiday on the occasion of the End of Ramadan Muslim festival.
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  • Mar
  • 31
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  • China's Guangdong Golden Week Public Holiday Cancelled

    Asia Times Online (Hong Kong) - A few hours ago, the Guangdong provincial government issued an emergency notice canceling its arrangements for the upcoming May Day Golden Week, and removed all previous notices about the long holiday from all the Guangdong government's websites.
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  • Mar
  • 26
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  • China Clamps Down On Regional May Golden Weeks

    Xinhua (Beijing) - China's State Council Thursday asked local governments to "strictly" observe regulations on national holidays, thus putting an end to the ongoing speculation that many regions would restore the May Golden Week public holidays this year.
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  • Mar
  • 15
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  • China May Day Golden Week Public Holidays Update

    Xinhua (Beijing) - China's Hangzhou Tourism Commission has announced that it plans to resume the seven-day May Day Golden Week public holiday by adding a paid holiday of four days before or after the public holiday, or by adding two days before and two days after the holiday.
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  • Mar
  • 5
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  • China Pressured To Restore Labor Day Golden Week

    China Daily (Shanghai) - At a recent session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Zhang Xiqin, the vice director of the National Tourism Administration, called for a resumption of the Labor Day Golden Week public holidays.
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  • Feb
  • 25
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  • China Approves May Golden Week Public Holidays In Guangdong Province

    Xinhua (Guangzhou) - China's Central Government has approved a pilot plan by the provincial government of Guangdong to restore the May Golden week public holidays. This pilot project would be limited to Guangdong Province.
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  • Feb
  • 20
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  • China Decrees 7-Day Of Public Holidays In Tibet

    China Radio International (CRI) - China's government news agency has announced that from this year onward, the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) would be granted 7 days of public holidays, to coincide with the Tibetan New Year (Losar).
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  • Jan
  • 23
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  • China Additional Lunar New Year Bank And Financial Holidays

    Interfax TMT China (Shanghai) - Commodity, financial and stock markets in mainland China will close from Saturday, January 24 to Sunday, February 1, 2009, due to the Chinese New Year holiday.
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  • Jan
  • 19
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  • China Announces Date Of New Tibetan Public Holiday

    AFP (Beijing) - China announced that, from this year onward, March 28, the date in 1959 when China announced the dissolution of the Tibetan government, would be an annual holiday officially called "Serfs Emancipation Day", to be commemorated in the Chinese Administrative Region of Tibet.
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  • Jan
  • 11
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  • China Announces March 10th Public Holiday

    Xinhua (Lhasa) - The Chinese government has announced that it plans to declare a one-off public holiday, "Serf Liberation Day", on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Tibetan rebellion of 1959.
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  • Jan
  • 1
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  • China Considering May Golden Week Public Holidays In Guangdong Province

    China Daily (Guangzhou) - China's Guangdong provincial Governor, Huang Huahua, announced that Guangdong Province might extend the upcoming May Day public holidays to last for a week to boost tourism and stimulate domestic consumption amid the financial crisis.
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2008

  • Dec
  • 10
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  • China 2009 Public Holidays Schedule Announced

    State Council of China (Beijing) - The State Council of China has released the official list of 2009 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for some of the bridge public holidays and spring and fall Golden Weeks.
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  • Sep
  • 22
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  • China: Shanghai Stock Exchange Announces National Day Public Holiday Closure

    Mondovisione - The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) has announced the schedule of market closure for the upcoming National Day public holiday Golden Week. The SSE will be closed from Saturday, September 27, to Sunday, October 5, inclusively.
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  • Sep
  • 10
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  • China Considering Further Changes To Public Holidays' List

    Xinhua - Cai Jiming, a Tsinghua University professor and the principal of the holiday reform planning group (our post of November 17, 2007) has floated the idea that the October 1st, National Day, 3-day public holiday should be reduced to 1 day only to make room for 2 new, more traditional public holidays.
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  • Sep
  • 4
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  • China Confirms Shift In Dates Of National Day Public Holiday

    China Economic Unit - The Chinese media are reporting widespread confusion as the details of the upcoming National Day Golden Week public holiday are being released. To the surprise of many, the upcoming Golden Week public holiday will run from Monday, September 29, to Sunday, October 5, 2008, while the preceding week-end (September 27-28) will be regular working days.
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  • Aug
  • 6
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  • China's Capital Declares August 8 Public Holiday

    The Times (London) - The Beijing municipal government has declared Friday, August 8, 2008, the day of the Olympics' opening ceremony, a one-off municipal public holiday.
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  • Jul
  • 16
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  • China Orders Beijing Businesses To Reduce Working Hours Until Olympics' End

    AFP - A notice on the Beijing government website announced that Beijing companies have been ordered to stagger or shorten working hours, starting on July 20th, to cut pollution and traffic gridlock for the upcoming Olympic Games.
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  • May
  • 22
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  • China Confirms 3-Day Dragon Boat Festival

    Shanghai Daily - The State Council of China has declared Monday June 9, 2008, the day after the Dragon Boat Festival, as an additional public holiday, making the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival a 3-day public holiday.
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  • Mar
  • 11
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  • China To Consider August 8 Public Holiday

    Agencia Digital de Noticias - The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is currently considering a proposal by political advisor Mao Yulin to make August 8 (the date of the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing) an annual public holiday called Sports Day.
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2007

  • Dec
  • 17
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  • China 2008 Public Holidays Schedule Overhaul Official

    State Council of China (Beijing) - Earlier today, the Chinese government made official its draft plan of November 9, to overhaul its public holidays system, without any amendments.
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  • Dec
  • 10
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  • China's State Council Approves Public Holidays Overhaul

    CCTV - Yesterday, the State Council of China approved the November 9 draft plan to overhaul the national public holidays system in China.
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  • Nov
  • 17
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  • China's Public Holidays Overhaul Approved By Majority Of Poll Respondents

    Xinhua and China Daily - After a week of online polling, the final results have been released, showing a general approval rating of 60 percent for the proposed overhaul of China's public holidays system.
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  • Nov
  • 9
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  • China Unveils Long-Awaited Public Holidays Overhaul

    China Daily - Earlier today, the Chinese Government released a draft plan on the Internet in order to solicit public opinion on its long-awaited public holidays overhaul, as a result of which, the total number of legal holidays will increase from 10 days to 11 days.
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  • Oct
  • 23
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  • China's Largest City Declares New November 4 Annual Public Holiday

    Asia Times Online - China's largest city, Chongqing, has declared a new annual public holiday, Migrant Workers' Day, on November 4, to mark the contribution of rural migrant workers to the area's social and economic development.
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  • Sep
  • 25
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  • China Mid-Autumn Festival Public Holiday Back In The News

    China Daily - The municipal government of Weifang has decided to give government employees, doctors, teachers and other people working in public institutions the day off to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, although those few (190,000 out of 8 million) who were given Tuesday off were made to work last Saturday.
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  • Jul
  • 16
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  • China's Tourism Stocks Boosted By Golden Weeks Public Holidays Review

    China Knowledge - Tourism and hotel related stocks have reacted positively to the news that the Golden Week public holidays were being reviewed.
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  • Jul
  • 1
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  • China May Cancel Two "Golden Week" Public Holidays Beginning In 2009

    Xinhua - China's government may scrap up its "golden week" public holiday system and make more traditional festivals into full public holidays by 2009.
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  • May
  • 12
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  • Status Report on China's Golden Weeks Public Holidays

    - We have posted a lengthy analysis on China's Golden Week public holidays and their prospects on our blog.
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  • Apr
  • 11
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  • China Announces Dates Of Labor Day Public Holiday Golden Week

    Shanghai Daily - China's State Council announced today that employees in China will enjoy a week long public holiday from May 1-7, 2007, for Labor Day.
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  • Mar
  • 20
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  • China Unofficially Observing Ching Ming Holiday

    China's People Daily (Xinhua) - Although Chingming (April 5, 2007) is not one of China's official public holidays, the CAAC has announced that, on the occasion of that traditional festival (in China) and public holiday (in Taiwan), a total of 42 chartered flights from Taiwan to China would be organized by 11 different airlines.
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  • Mar
  • 11
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  • China Leading Economist Advises Against Additional Public Holidays

    Xinhua (Beijing) - Wu Jinglian, a famous economist and political adviser, and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Council, is quoted as saying that China is still a developing country and should not have too many holidays.
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  • Mar
  • 2
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  • China Considering Overhaul Of Its Public Holidays

    The Shanghai Daily - China may shorten the length of its Golden Week holidays and add more traditional festivals on its list of pubic holidays. The National Development and Reform Commission, China's top planning body, has issued a draft on modifying public holidays, according to the information released at Wednesday's summit forum about China's social development policy.
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  • Feb
  • 17
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  • China Considering Lunar New Year's Eve Public Holiday

    Xinhua News Agency - The National People's Congress will be asked, next month, to consider making New Year's Eve the last day in Chinese lunar calendar and one of the most important for families a public holiday.
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  • Feb
  • 6
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  • China Confirms Lunar New Year Public Holidays Dates

    China Daily - The General Office of the State Council confirmed that the Chinese New Year holiday this year would begin on February 18.
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2006

  • Dec
  • 25
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  • China Will Retain Golden Weeks Public Holidays In 2007

    China Daily - According to a circular from the central government, China will maintain week-long or Golden Week public holidays around the Spring Festival, the May Day and the National Day in 2007.
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  • Dec
  • 14
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  • China 2007 Public Holidays Schedule Announced

    State Council of China (Beijing) - The State Council of China has released the official list of 2007 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for the 3 weeklong Golden Week public holidays.
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  • Oct
  • 25
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  • China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Observes Public Holiday

    People's Daily - For the first year, all residents in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (in Northwest China, where most of the country's Muslims live) have been given the day off as a public holiday, rather than just Muslims.
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  • Oct
  • 3
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  • China To Consider More Public Holidays

    People's Daily - The State Council, China's cabinet, is preparing to debate adding three more traditional festivals to the list of statutory national holidays.
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  • Sep
  • 27
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  • China October 2-6 Bank And Financial Holidays

    Forbes - The stock markets, and many companies, will be closing for the entire week of October 2-6, 2006.
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  • May
  • 26
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  • China 3-Day Public Holiday For SCO Meeting

    China Business News (Shanghai) - China's General Office of Shanghai Municipal People's Government published a bulletin, declaring a 3-day, June 14-16, 2006, municipal public holiday to coincide with the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit meeting.
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2005

  • Dec
  • 22
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  • China 2006 Public Holidays Schedule Announced

    State Council of China (Beijing) - The State Council of China has released the official list of 2006 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for the 3 weeklong Golden Week public holidays.
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2004

  • Dec
  • 20
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  • China 2005 Public Holidays Schedule Announced

    Xinhua News Agency (Beijing) - The State Council of China has released the official list of 2005 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for the 3 weeklong Golden Week public holidays.
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  • Nov
  • 26
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  • China Reconsiders Golden Week Public Holidays

    People's Daily Online (Beijing) - China's State Council is in discussions with the National Tourism Administration (CNTA), the Ministry of Railways, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and the National Development and Reform Commission, with a view to possibly cancel the weeklong public holidays around the Lunar New Year, Labor Day, and Chinese National Day.
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2003

  • Dec
  • 19
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  • China 2004 Public Holidays Schedule Announced

    China Business News (Beijing) - The State Council of China has released the official list of 2004 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for the 3 weeklong Golden Week public holidays.
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  • Apr
  • 21
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  • China Cancels Weeklong May Public Holidays

    Xinhua News Agency - The General Office of China's State Council has announced that it had decided to suspend the May Day, weeklong, Golden Week, public holidays "to reduce the flow of people across large areas so as to prevent the spread of SARS".
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2002

  • Dec
  • 20
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  • China 2003 Public Holidays Schedule Announced

    The Central People's Government (Beijing) - The State Council of China announced the Chinese national public holidays schedule for 2003.
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  • Sep
  • 5
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  • China 2002 National Day Public Holidays Clarified

    Xinhua News Agency - The General Office of China's State Council has announced the details of the upcoming National Day, weeklong, public holidays.
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2001

  • Dec
  • 17
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  • China 2002 Public Holidays Schedule Announced

    The Central People's Government (Beijing) - The State Council of China announced the Chinese national public holidays schedule for 2002.
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  • Sep
  • 14
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  • China Announces Details of 2001 National Day Public Holidays

    Xinhua News Agency - The General Office of China's State Council has announced the details of the upcoming National Day, week long, public holidays.
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  • Jan
  • 11
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  • China 2001 Public Holidays Schedule Announced

    The Central People's Government (Beijing) - The State Council of China announced the Chinese national public holidays schedule for 2001.
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1999

  • Dec
  • 16
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  • China Declares Additional Y2K Year-End Public Holiday

    Xinhua News Agency - A State Council press release has announced that China's government had declared that Friday, December 31, 1999, would be a one-off public holiday "to allow for resolving the Y2K problem".
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  • Nov
  • 1
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  • China Declares December 20 Public Holiday

    State Council of China (Beijing) - China's State Council has announced that Monday, December 20, 1999, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday in China to commemorate the upcoming handover of Macau to Mainland China.
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  • Sep
  • 20
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  • China Makes 3 Public Holidays Weeklong

    State Council of China (Beijing) - Over the past weekend, China's State Council officialized its plan to create 3, week long, public holidays, around the current Lunar New Year, May Day, and National Day, public holidays.
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See also: China bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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