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School Calendar & Public Holidays
Public schools in China only have 2 semesters in a school year, September to January is the 1st semester and March to June is the 2nd semester. Schools shut for 1 month in February for the Spring Festival and they are shut for 2 months July and August for the summer holiday.

So, when you come to apply for a teaching job in China with TEFL369, please notice that the Chinese school year is broken into two semesters, the first beginning in the fall and lasting until the beginning of January. SO, as a teacher in a public school instead of a training academy, you will generally have three week max. to travel during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, then the school year ends around end of June. Though most schools do their hiring during the intervening months, our recruitment windows open all year round.

Below is a list of most celebrated festivals you may have off work -  
  • New Year's Day:Jan. 1st
    Laba:8th day in 12th lunar month, usually in Jan.
    Chinese New Year:
    1st day in 1st lunar month, usually in Jan. or Feb.
    The grandest traditional festival in China, the longest public holiday;
    Annual family reunion, eat dumplings, set off fireworks
    Lantern Festival:
    15th day in 1st lunar month, usually in Feb.
    Watch lanterns, eat glutinous rice dumplings, guess lantern riddles
    Qingming Festival:
    Apr. 4th or 5th
    Also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping Day;
    Visit ancestors' tombs, spring outing
    May Day:May 1st
    Dragon Boat Festival:
    5th day in 5th lunar month, usually in Jun.
    To commemorate Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), an ancient Chinese patriotic poet;
    Eat Zongzi, dragon boat race.
    Double Seventh:7th day in 7th lunar month, usually in Aug.
    China’s Valentine’s Day
    Mid-Autumn Day:
    15th day in 8th lunar month, usually in Sep.
    Family reunion, appreciate the full moon, eat moon cakes
    National Day:
    Every five to ten years interval, Military parade and celebration on the Tiananmen Square in Beijing;
    Nationwide traveling peak from Oct. 1st to 7th regarded as the 'Golden Week'
    Chongyang:9th day in 9th lunar month, usually in Oct.
    Winter Solstice:Dec. 21st, 22nd, or 23rd
The legal entitlement for the Public Holiday is in most cases 1 day so to enjoy 3 days off - you may have to work on the weekends before or after the holiday.

Very Important Term regarding Chinese Holiday -
'Golden Weeks' in China

'Golden Week' is the nickname implying the countribution of boosting tourism industry to the national revenue. During the Chinese Lunar New Year Holiday and National Day Holiday periods, these two week-long holidays are for the Chinese people who are to enjoy themselves in a great variety of ways, most of who will travel near and far, around the country, contributing financially to the national economy. Hotel rooms, train tickets or air tickets will definitely be in great demand then high ways are packed with cars from tourists nationwide. Teachers who are planning China sight seeings should try to avoid these Golden Weeks in view of the huge crowds at the major attractions, on trains, at railway stations and airports.

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