The following is a summary of the major events and festivals during China’s calendar year. These events are often spectacular occasions and can be great fun for visitors, but they do also often result in crowds beyond imagination at the famous site seeing spots, especially in the big cities of Beijing, Shanghai ect. So these dates are worth bearing in mind when planning any holiday in China.
New Year’s Day - 1 January 2017 (Public Holiday)
The beginning of the western New Year is a national holiday in China, one of two “new year” holidays celebrated every year.
Spring Festival - 27 January 2017 (Public Holiday)
Chinese New Year, which is the most important and traditional holiday to Chinese, depending on the cycle of the moon. The Chinese usually have 7 days official public holiday. The date of the festival varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. In 2017, the New Year Day is January 27th.
Qingming Festival - 4 April 2017 (Public Holiday)
Qingming Festival is also known as Tomb-Sweeping Festival. This is the day Chinese people go to the cemetery to commemorate the ancestors and the family members who passed away.
International Labour’s Day - 1 May 2017 (Public Holiday)
International Labour Day is also celebrated as a official holiday.
Dragon Boat Festival - 30 May 2017 (Public Holiday)
A traditional holiday originating in China, commemorating fealty and filial piety. The festival now occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar. The Chinese calendar is lunisolar, so the date of the festival varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar.
National Day - 01 to 07 October 2017 (Public Holiday)
Celebration of the founding of the People’s Republic of China from 1949.
Mid-Autumn Festival – 04 October 2017 (Public Holiday)
A harvest festival celebrated by ethnic Chinese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, corresponding to late September to early October of the Gregorian calendar.
There are also some other holidays in China:
The Lantern Festival – the 15th day of the Chinese New Year
International Working Women's Day – March 08
Chinese Youth Day – May 04
International Children's Day – June 01
The Chinese Communist Party's Birthday – July 01
The Army's Day – August 01
Teachers' Day – September 10