China Announces Official 2012 National Holiday Schedule

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Update (Dec. 2012): China’s recently-released official 2013 national holiday schedule can be viewed by clicking here.

Dec. 6 – China’s General Office of the State Council released the “Circular on Arrangement of Certain Holidays in 2012 (guobanfamingdian [2011] No.45)” today and announced the arrangement of national holidays in 2012 as follows:

New Year

  • January 1-3 (three days in total)
  • December 31, 2011 (Saturday) is an official working day

Spring Festival

  • January 22-28 (seven days in total)
  • January 21 (Saturday) and January 29 (Sunday) are official working days

Tomb Sweeping Day

  • April 2-4 (three days in total)
  • March 31 (Saturday) and April 1 (Sunday) are official working days

Labor Day

  • April 29 – May 1 (three days in total)
  • April 28 (Saturday) is an official working day

Dragon Boat Festival

  • June 22-24 (three days in total)

Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day

  • September 30 – October 7 (eight days in total)
  • September 29 (Saturday) is an official working day

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9 responses to “China Announces Official 2012 National Holiday Schedule”

  1. Joel says:

    “January 1-3 (three days in total)
    December 31, 2011 (Saturday) is an official working day”

    If one were to work on any of these days (31,1,2,3), would the salary be x1, x2 or x3?


  2. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    Hi Joel;
    Saturday December 31st – Normal Salary Rates
    Sunday January 1st – Triple time
    Monday & Tuesday January 2nd & 3rd – Double time.

    The reasons being January 1st is a National Holiday so triple time applies. The 2nd and 3rd are borrowed from the weekend so are double time. The Saturday 31st is obviously a weekend but is borrowed from a normal weekday so normal time. No I don’t understand that last part either but that is the Chinese logic and what apparently applies.
    So now you know.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Joel says:

    Thanks Chris, now I know.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Lina says:

    For Chinese Holiday what are the ” legal days off” Jan23 to Jan25 or Jan23 to Jan28?

  5. irfan says:

    why china’s has all over closed in the mid of january,

    15 january to 30 jaunary…………..?

  6. MT says:

    Are employers meant to give their staff under the age of 24 half day for Youth Day on the 4th of May 2012?

  7. shannon says:

    If i were to order an item last weekend and they received the shipment information on the 28th and the Holiday is from sept 30- oct 7th when would i receive my package?

    emails would be fantastic thank you :

  8. Saif Uddin Ghias says:

    please let know, is there any holydays during December 6 – 15th December 2012.

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