Public holidays and compensation days in China 2023

published on 12 December 2022 | reading time approx. 1 minute


Somewhat later than in previous years, the Chinese State Council published on 8 December 2022 the calendar of national public holidays applicable for the year 2023.



Public holidays include New Year, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, Labour Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Moon Festival and National Day holidays.


As usual, the Spring Festival and the National Day holidays are extended to a week of continuous public holidays. As some holidays are aligned with the lunar calendar, the respective holiday varies from year to year. In 2023, the Lunar Festival falls within the National Day holidays.


It should be noted that for many public holidays, preceding or following weekend days are working days. Employers should take this into account in their planning. The reason for the existence of so-called compensation days in China is that weekend days are exchanged with days immediately adjacent to the respective public holiday. The idea behind this is to create a longer, uniform period of days off as well as to partially compensate for some of the public holidays.


Below is the official public holiday calendar along with compensation days 2023: 


HolidayDateDurationCompensation Days
New Year31 Dec 2022 – 2 Jan 2023three days-
Spring Festival/Chinese New Year21 Jan – 27 Jan 2023seven days28 Jan & 29 Jan 2023
Qingming-Festival05 April 2023one day-
Labor Day29 Apr – 03 May 2023five days23 Apr & 6 May 2023
Dragon Boat Festival22 Jun – 24 Jun 2023three days25 Jun 2023
Moon Festival/Mid-Autumn Festival (coincides with National Day in 2023)29 Sep 2023one day-
National Day29 Sep – 6 Oct 2023eight days7 Oct & 8 Oct 2023


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