Here’s the official holiday calendar for the year of 2020. Check here before you plan your trip!
The public holidays designated to be official holidays include the New Year's Day, the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Festival), May Day (International Labor Day), Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and the National Day.
The holiday schedule features two major week-long holidays: Spring Festival (also known as Chinese New Year) and Mid-Autumn Festival (to include the National Day for 2020).
In 2020, the Spring Festival falls on between January 24 and 30, and the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday is between October 1 and 8.
Here is a list of China's official holidays in 2020:
New Year's Day
January 1 (1 day in total; Wednesday)
January 24-30 (7 days in total; Friday-Thursday)
Adjusted working days: January 19 (Sunday) and February 1 (Saturday)
The Spring Festival is also called the Chinese New Year; the most important festival in China.
April 4-6 (3 days in total; Saturday-Monday)
Qingming Festival is also called the Tomb Sweeping Festival, the time to commemorate the deceased.
May Day (International Labor Day)
May 1-5 (Friday-Tuesday)
Adjusted working days: April 26 (Sunday) and May 9 (Saturday)
Dragon Boat Festival
June 25-27 (3 days in total; Thursday-Saturday)
Adjusted working day: June 28, 2020 (Sunday)
Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional Chinese festival with activities such as dragon boat racing and eating zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in leaves).
National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival
October 1-8 (8 days in total; Thursday-Thursday)
Adjusted working days: September 27 (Sunday) and October 10, 2020 (Saturday)
Mid-Autumn Festival is the time to celebrate harvest and family reunion, when people eat moon cakes and watch the brilliant full moon; the National Day holiday marks the celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China, which was on Oct.1, 1949.
PS: Employers should take notes that China's holiday schedule often includes additional official working days that may fall on Saturdays and Sundays to compensate for long holidays. In 2020, Sunday, January 19 and Saturday, February 1 are designated as official work days to partially offset the seven days off for the Spring Festival.
1. Wuhou Shrine Museum
Built from 223AD, Wuhou Shrine is the most famous memorial site for Three Kingdom heroes as well as the most significant museum of the culture of the Three Kingdoms Period (221-280).
Add: 231 Wuhouci Street (next to Jinli Street)
2. Jinli Street
Jinli Street is one of the most popular spots in downtown Chengdu featuring old-style architecture of West Sichuan and local culture. The name "Jinli" dates back to the Han Dynasty about 2, 000 years ago and means "the street of embroidery workshops". As one of the most popular tourist attractions of Chengdu, Jinli Street is a paradise of Chengdu snacks, souvenirs, Sichuan Opera and various folk performances.
Add: 231 Wuhouci Street
3. Wide and Narrow Alleys (Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi)
This is a pedestrian street consisting of three old parallel alleys, i.e. Kuan Alley, Zhai Alley and Jing Alley, which were built in Qing Dynasty. Strolling in the alleys, you can get a glimpse of the splendid, leisurely and comfortable life in old times, but also be impressed by a wide variety of shops with the vitality and fashion of Modern Chengdu.
4. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Located in the northeast suburb of Chengdu, it is the largest group of artificially-bred captive giant pandas of the world. Apart from giant pandas, you can also see many other animals living comfortably in the Base, such as red pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks, white swans, black swans, wild geese, mandarin ducks and peacocks.
Add: 1375 Xiongmao Avenue (about 10km from downtown)
5. Du Fu's Thatched Cottage Museum
Situated by Huanhuaxi Brook, it was the residence of Du Fu (712-770AD, a great poet of Tang Dynasty) during his stay in Chengdu. It has now been transformed into a museum integrating memorial shrine and Du Fu's former residence. If you want to experience the appeal of classical Chinese gardens, you cannot miss it.
Add: 28 Caotang Road
6. Daci Monastery
It is a peaceful and tranquil ancient monastery, closely located to Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li and Chengdu International Finance Square (IFS).
Add: 21 Dacisi Road, Chengdu
7. Zhaojue Monastery
Built in the early years of Tang Dynasty more than 1, 300 years ago, it has long been reputed as the "first monastery" of West Sichuan. Not only an important role in the history of Chinese Buddhism, it is also regarded as the Buddhist sect birthplace (i.e. monastery where the founder of a sect liveed) by many Buddhist temples and monasteries of Japan and Southeast Asia.
Add: 333 Zhaoqing Road
8. Jinsha Site Museum
A large amount of relics, including pieces of ivory, gold and jade articles, bronze and stone tools have been unearthed at the site, providing evidence of the brilliant civilization of the ancient Shu Kindom of more than 3, 000 years ago. The museum is believed as the first major archaeological discovery of China in the 21st century.
Add: 227 Qingyang Avenue
9. Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Constructed more than 2,000 years ago for flood control, it is the only ancient irrigation system of the world which is still functioning properly till now. It has been playing a major role in irrigation of Chengdu Plain and making Chengdu a land of abundance.
Traffic: It only takes 30mins to get to downtown Dujiangyan by expressway; visitors can also choose high-speed rail and it only takes 29 mins (ticket: RMB 15).
10. Qingcheng Mountain
As one of the birthplaces of Taoism, it is a peaceful and secluded mountain. Its front range is famous for cultural appeal and back range for natural landscape.
Traffic: It is about 70km away from downtown Chengdu and 10km from the Dujiangyan Scenic Spot; it takes at least 42 mins to get there by high-speed rail from Chengdu North Railway Station (ticket: RMB 15).