In previous years, the dates of official Chinese holidays would only ever get released shortly before the actual date, making travel and vacation plans notoriously difficult. However, on December 7th 2009, the State Council’s General Office released the 2010 National Holiday Calendar, which for the first time, clearly specifies all the national holidays, days off and resulting adjustments (working long weeks and weekends to make up holiday days) that are planned in 2010. Below is the official 2010 national holiday calendar which you can print out, hang on the fridge and use to plan your vacations in the coming year.
1. New Year's Day – Observed from January 1st to January 3rd, three days.
2. Spring Festival – Observed from February 13th-19th, seven days. Resulting adjustment is that February 20th (Saturday) and 21st (Sunday) are work days.
3. Qingming Festival/Tomb-Sweeping Day – Observed from April 3rd-5th, three days.
4. Labor Day – Observed from May 1st- 3rd, three days.
5. Duanwu/Dragon Boat Festival – Observed from June 14th-16th, three days. Resulting adjustment is that June 12th (Saturday) and 13th (Sunday) are work days.
6. Mid-Autumn Festival – Observed from September 22nd-24th, three days. Resulting adjustment is that June 19th (Sunday) and 25th (Saturday) are work days.
7. National Day – Observed from October 1st-7th, seven days. Resulting adjustment is that September 26th (Sunday) and 9th (Saturday) are work days.
During the observance of national holidays, provincial governments and ministerial departments are to duly schedule for rotation with posts and duties; national emergencies and crisis are to be duly reported and by procedure as governed by law – so as to ensure the safety of the public in observing the holidays.
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