China has seven legal holidays in a year, including New Year’s Day, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Day, and National Day. In addition to these legal holidays, Chinese people celebrate four other festivals on which some people have a half day of work: Women’s Day, Youth Day, Children’s Day and Army Day. Many other galas and anniversaries are celebrated such as Arbor Day and Teachers’ Day.
Among all the Chinese holidays, there are two “Golden Weeks”: Spring Festival Week (Chinese New Year usually during January or February) and National Day Week (October 1st week). Both last for three days, but by combining two weekends with them, people benefit from seven consecutive days off.
During these two weeks, most people enjoy themselves in a variety of ways and the boost to the economy produced the nickname “Golden Week.” Hotel rooms, train tickets, and airplane tickets will definitely be in great demand. Therefore, it is recommend that people who are planning China tour packages be prepared for huge crowds at major attractions during the Golden Weeks.