China Business Hours

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Plan your China tour? It is advisable to have some basic knowledge of the working hours and business hours in China to better prepare for your trip.

The Chinese government regulates that Chinese people work 8 hours a day with five working days a week and a maximum 44 working hours a week. In China, business hours are generally set between 9:00am and 6:00pm. But typical business hours vary by different working units and regions.

For government offices, the working hours are often fixed from 8:00am to 5;00pm from Monday to Friday; Hospitals, banks and post offices are open from 08:30-09:30 to 16:00-18:00. But hospital clinics offer 24 hours service.

A bank’s business hours sign

Most of the hotels also provide 24 hours service to any tenants.

Shops, department stores and supermarkets are open daily from 09:00-10:00 to 21:30 – 22:00, including public holidays and festivals.

Most restaurants are open from 10:00 to 22:00 late night, some even into small hours.

A restaurant’s business hours sign

Bars are open from 10:00 to 22:00 late nigh, sometimes even into the small hours or for all night.
Apart from the normal day off (Saterday and Sunday), Chinese people also enjoy non-working China public holidays with salaries as below:

New Year’s Day (January 1) one day off
Spring Festival (The Chinese Lunar New Year, later Jan or Early Feb ) three days off

Qing Ming ( April 4th – 6th ) one day off
International Labor Day ( May 1) one day off
Duan Wu (Dragon Boat) Festival (5th of the 5th month of the lunar year ) one day off
Mid-Autumn Festival (15th of the eighth month) one day off
National Day (October 1)  three day off
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Total 11 public holidays off
Banks, post offices, hospitals, hotels and most restaurants are still open during Chinese public holidays.
 Chinese Holidays & Festivals

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