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Chinese New Year 2018

Chinese New Year 2018

 

2018 Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 16, namely the Spring Festival in China, is the longest public holiday and the grandest traditional one with a history of over 4000 years. Spring Festival is a major holiday in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, and in many of China's neighboring countries such as Singapore and South Korea.
If you are in China during 2018's Chinese New Year period, the following table will be useful to you.

Date
Activities
Transport
Business
February 1– February 14 Millions homeward-bound, cleaning, shopping Crazy busy End of year company events; winding down of operations
February 15 (New Year's Eve) Pasting red couplets, hanging red lanterns, the New Year reunion dinner, setting off firecrackers, giving red envelopes to kids, staying up late to watch CCTV's New Year Gala Better, but local transport can be busy Most shops close by the afternoon
February 16 (New Year's Day) At midnight a barrage of fireworks and firecrackers like WW3, more firecrackers in the morning (before opening the door) and early evening (before dinner); giving kids red envelopes Quiet No bank or government office is open. Only big shopping malls are open.
February 17 (Chinese New Year day 2) Visiting friends or relatives, firecrackers for greeting guests and before dinner Quiet Almost no bank or government office is open. Only big shopping malls are open.
February 18 (Chinese New Year day 3) Visiting friends and relatives in the city or friends and family in nearby villages Local travel and town and village buses are busy, but travel to other cities and domestic flights are ok. Some banks and government offices are open, but business is limited and hours are much shorter. Only some big shopping malls are open.
February 19 and February 20 (Chinese New Year days 4 and 5) The statutory holiday period is over. Some people will keep visiting friends and relatives; some will go back to work. Very busy Most banks and government offices will be open, but business is limited and hours are shorter. Most shops will be open.
February 21 (New Year day 6) For some it's the first day back at work. Very busy Some shops, companies, and offices will reopen on this day, because 6 is a lucky number in Chinese culture.
February 22–March 2 (New Year days 7–15) Return travel; Lantern Festival is on month 1 day 15 (March 2) Crazy busy Some businesses may choose CNY day 8 (February 23) to reopen, as 8 is also a lucky number. The non-superstitious may reopen on day 7 (February 22).

 

All enterprises and public institutions in China will take a 7-day holiday, but they will have staff on duty. In 2018, China's New Year public holiday will be from February 15 to February 21. Most large malls, tourist attractions, public transport, hotels, and restaurants will open as usual, or even stay open longer.

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