The time is here once again to start planning when you need to get the hell out of Dodge with the official release of China’s public holiday schedule for 2018. As usual, it lists seven holidays where you don’t have to work… along with the days that you do have to work on the weekend to make up for those days where you didn’t have to work.
According to our math, that leaves us with a surplus of 11 real vacation days. Enjoy, everyone:
OFF: December 30th – January 1st (Sat-Mon)
OFF: February 15th – 21st (Thurs-Wed)
ON: February 11th (Sun) & February 24th (Sat)
Tomb Sweeping Festival:
OFF: April 5nd – 7th (Thurs-Sat)
ON: April 8th (Sun)
OFF: April 29th – May 1st (Sun-Tues)
ON: April 28th (Sat)
Dragon Boat Festival:
OFF: June 16th – 18th (Sat-Mon)
OFF: September 22nd – 24th (Sat-Mon)
OFF: October 1st – 7th (Mon-Sun)
ON: September 29th – 30th (Sat-Sun)
It’s also worth noting that these dates are exactly the same as an unofficial version of the calendar that was shared on WeChat weeks earlier. Evidently, China’s State Council has sprung a leak.