Office Hours & Public Holidays
The Chinese work five days a week
and take Saturdays and Sundays off. The office
hours for a government department are from 8:00
to 17:00, with lunchtime lasting for one hour.
Travel agencies, department stores,
banks and foreign-exchange counters in tourist
hotels have similar opening hours, but generally
do not close for lunch and are usually open Saturday
and Sunday as well (at least in the morning).
Many parks, zoos and monuments have
similar opening hours and are also open on weekends
and often at night.
Long-distance bus stations and train
stations open their ticket offices around 5am
or 5.30am, before the first trains and buses pull
out. They stay open until midnight with maybe
a one- or two-hour break in the middle of the
The 1 May holiday has been drawn
out into a week-long holiday, as has National Day
on 1 October. The Chinese New Year is also a week-long
holiday; it' s not a great idea to arrive in China
or go travelling during these holidays as things
tend to grind to a halt.
Major holidays include:
|New Year's Day
|Spring Festival (Chinese New
|International Women's Day
|International Labor Day
|Birthday of the Chinese Communist
|Anniversary of the founding of