The way China schedules official vacation days can appear confusing, but in reality, it can be easily understood if one important aspect is explained: often when weekdays are taken off for a holiday, they will be made up for by creating workdays on a following or preceding weekend.
To exemplify this, we can take a look at what will happen for the Spring Festival holiday (also known as the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year). This year, days from Friday January 31st to Thursday February 6th are all taken off as official holidays. However, to compensate for all those weekdays off, Sunday January 26th and Saturday February 8th will become workdays. Saturday January 25th and Sunday February 9th will be a day off just like under any other weekend and Friday February 7th will be a workday just like in any other week.
To summarize, the country will take the day off for four workdays the week of the Spring Festival, but pay for it with one-day weekends the preceding and following weekend. The week of October 1st (sometimes known as Golden Week, for all the shopping and vacation spending that goes on) will follow a similar pattern.
The Wall Street Journal has taken the information from the Chinese government’s press release and made a calendar graphic with the official Chinese holidays for all of 2014. You can follow this link to their website to view it.
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