Holidays and Calendar

Even though New Year's day (January 1) is a public holiday in China, the main holiday periods are during the lunar New Year (spring Festival), and the May 1 (Labor Day) and October 1 (Natinal day) holidays. Each holiday period officially lasts three days, although most businesses and banks remain shut for seven days. Accommodation prices rise across the country as domestic tourism peaks. Tourist sights however remain open during these times.