Includes the local time zone, typical hours of business and a list of holidays in the country/economy.
Last Published: 7/20/2017
Time throughout China is set to Beijing time, which is eight hours ahead of GMT/UTC. When it’s noon in Beijing it’s also noon in far-off Lhasa, Urumqi, and all other parts of the country. However, western China does follow a later work schedule to coincide with daylight hours.

Business Hours
China officially has a five-day work week, although some businesses stretch to six days. Offices and government departments are normally open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM, with some closing for one or two hours in the middle of the day.

Embassy Holidays for 2017
The Embassy is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are closed on the following American and Chinese holidays in 2017:
***New Year’s DayJanuary 1-2Sunday-Monday 
*Martin Luther King, Jr.’s BirthdayJanuary 16 Monday
**Chinese (Lunar) New YearJanuary 27-31Friday-Tuesday
*Presidents’ DayFebruary 20 Monday 
*Tomb Sweeping DayApril 4Tuesday
**International Labor DayMay 1Monday
*Memorial DayMay 29Monday
**Dragon Boat FestivalMay 30Tuesday
*Independence DayJuly 4Tuesday 
*Labor DaySeptember 4Monday
**Chinese National Day and Mid-Autumn FestivalOctober 1-6 Sunday-Friday
*Columbus DayOctober 9Monday
*Veterans DayNovember 10Friday 
*Thanksgiving DayNovember 23Thursday
*Christmas DayDecember 25Monday
*American Holidays
**Chinese Holidays
***American and Chinese Holidays 2017 Embassy Holiday Schedule
Please note that this schedule is subject to change if the PRC government makes any adjustments to legally-recognized Chinese holidays.
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