GOLDEN WEEK (AROUND 1 WEEK)
Golden week is the second largest holiday in China (after the Chinese New Year). It falls during the first 7 days in October (1st October to 7th October). The golden week gives applicants their first good opportunity to travel to other cities in China while the weather is still moderate to warm in most areas. Many shops also provide highly discounted goods allowing applicants some much needed time to go shopping (which is around the time applicants will receive their first months salary).
CHINESE NEW YEAR (BETWEEN 3-6 WEEKS)
The Chinese new year holiday is the biggest holiday in the world (by number of people) as China sees hundreds of millions of Chinese flock back from the big urban cities to the rural countryside to celebrate the festival with their families. During this time Chinese families share big meals together and many of the cities (especially the newer ones like Shanghai and Shenzhen) become very quiet with many shops closed. After a few days have passed and the celebrations have ended many Chinese families then use the time to travel around China or abroad together as a family making cities and flight prices extremely crowded and expensive. The official holiday lasts a total of 7 days for office workers with schools being closed for a longer period of around 3-4 weeks. Foreign teachers usually receive the longest holiday with many teachers receiving 3 to 6 weeks of holidays (as the schools don't usually require the teacher for the last week before and first week back). This does depend on an applicants school/institution.
Teachers usually use this time to travel to South East Asia where the climate is much warmer than China during the winter period (and is very dry as SE Asia has its dry season!). Many teachers travel to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and the Philippines. Teachers may also choose to explore neighbouring countries like Japan or South Korea where the climate is cold making it suitable for winter sports. Some teachers may even use the time to travel around China (although some places are not recommended due to the peak crowds), or back to their home country to visit their family for a few weeks the choice is completely up to each applicant.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
Applicants will be working at public schools/universities and will therefore receive weekends and public holidays (usually 3 day weekends) off allowing applicants to travel to neighbouring cities using the highly efficient high-speed train network available in China (trains can go up to 350km/h!). Applicants may also choose to use this time exploring the tens of thousands of culinary experiences, bars and restaurants, sporting events, shopping centres and everything else that their city has to offer.
Check out the video below to see the amazing experiences that China has to offer.
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