2014 China holiday dates

There are  7 main holidays in a year, including New Year’s Day, Spring Festival (Chinese new year), Weeping graveyard Festival (Qingming Festival), May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day. Public Holiday Calendar below gives detailed information of 2012 China holidays dates.

2014 China holiday dates

Weekday Date Holiday name Holiday type
Wednesday Jan 1 New Year’s Day National holiday
Thursday Jan 30 Spring Festival Eve Observance
Friday Jan 31 Chinese New Year National holiday
Saturday Feb 1 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
Sunday Feb 2 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday Common Local holidays
Monday Feb 3 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday Common Local holidays
Tuesday Feb 4 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday Common Local holidays
Wednesday Feb 5 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday Common Local holidays
Thursday Feb 6 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday Common Local holidays
Friday Feb 14 Lantern Festival Observance
Sunday Mar 2 Zhonghe Festival Observance
Saturday Mar 8 International Women’s Day Observance
Wednesday Mar 12 Arbor Day Observance
Thursday Mar 20 March equinox Season
Saturday Apr 5 Qing Ming Jie National holiday
Sunday Apr 6 Qing Ming Jie holiday National holiday
Monday Apr 7 Qing Ming Jie holiday National holiday
Thursday May 1 Labour Day National holiday
Friday May 2 Labour Day Holiday National holiday
Saturday May 3 Labour Day Holiday National holiday
Sunday May 4 Youth Day Observance
Saturday May 31 Dragon Boat Festival holiday National holiday
Sunday Jun 1 Children’s Day Observance
Sunday Jun 1 Dragon Boat Festival holiday National holiday
Monday Jun 2 Dragon Boat Festival National holiday
Saturday Jun 21 June Solstice Season
Tuesday Jul 1 CPC Founding Day Observance
Friday Jul 11 Maritime Day Observance
Friday Aug 1 Army Day Observance
Saturday Aug 2 Double Seven Festival Observance
Sunday Aug 10 Spirit Festival Observance
Saturday Sep 6 Mid-Autumn Festival holiday National holiday
Sunday Sep 7 Mid-Autumn Festival holiday National holiday
Monday Sep 8 Mid-Autumn Festival National holiday
Wednesday Sep 10 Teachers’ Day Observance
Tuesday Sep 23 September equinox Season
Tuesday Sep 30 Special Working Day Weekend
Wednesday Oct 1 National Day National holiday
Thursday Oct 2 National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
Thursday Oct 2 Double Ninth Festival Observance
Friday Oct 3 National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
Saturday Oct 4 National Day Golden Week holiday Common Local holidays
Sunday Oct 5 National Day Golden Week holiday Common Local holidays
Monday Oct 6 National Day Golden Week holiday Common Local holidays
Tuesday Oct 7 National Day Golden Week holiday Common Local holidays
Wednesday Oct 8 Special Working Day Weekend
Thursday Oct 9 Special Working Day Weekend
Friday Oct 10 Special Working Day Weekend
Saturday Oct 11 Special Working Day Weekend
Sunday Oct 12 Special Working Day Weekend
Saturday Nov 8 Journalists’ Day Observance
Sunday Dec 21 December Solstice Season
Thursday Dec 25 Christmas Day Observance

 

As many suggested that golden week could be the worst time to visit China. Millions of visitors arrived in the capital city over the National Day “Golden Week” holidays. Hundreds of millions of tourists crowds into Badaling Great Wall, Tian’anmen Square and other tourism destinations in Beijing.


Simatai reopening–2014 experience report

View from the distance, you could see Simatai Great Wall and the water town.

 

August 4th, 2014 Update:
1. Time of reservation: One day early;

2. Reservation instruction: Register by real name and reserve ticket to the next day or within 10 days;

3. Batches of tour reservation: Two batches, 10:00 or 14:00, beyond which no tickets and tour schedule are available;

4. Means of reservation: Online (http://www.wtown.com);

5. On successful reservation, the working staff will send SMS of “successful reservation” to the reservation guests;

6. Redeem ticket to Simatai Great Wall by the SMS of “successful reservation” and valid ID certification at the designated window during the day of tour;

7. Open hours of Simatai Great Wall: 9:00 – 16:30. No ticket redemption is allowed after 14:00. So far, towers 1-10 east of the reservoir are open to the tourists;

8. Charge of tour to Simatai Great Wall: RMB40/person for entrance ticket (subject to reservation for individuals), RMB100/person for tour guide, RMB 80/person for great wall cable (one-way) and RMB120/person for cableway (two-way). See notice at the site for any preference.

Feb 4, 2014 Update: according to Gubei water town Co., Ltd, Simatai Great Wall opens daily between 9.00 – 16.30, (How long Simatai Great Wall stay open for is still not clear.) Visitors are allowed to walk through East 1st tower to East 10th tower. Admission fee: 40RMB p.p, Gubei water town: 80RMB p.p.

Simatai Great Wall ticket reservation must be made at least one day in advance. (You can call 010-8100 9999 to reserve your tickets in theory, but I am not sure the staff can speak English or not).

 

 

Last year, I went to Simatai around Beijing to check the construction site of Gubei water town under neath Simatai Great Wall. Simatai has been closed for developing the nearby Water Town tourist attraction since 2010. The re- opening date is not clear.

This year I decided to check out Simatai again. The main reason for this is because we want to check out the exact date of reopening of Simatai, and Simatai is also one of my favorite sections of the Wall around Beijing, it’s worth visiting again.

 

View from the bridge, Simatai Great Wall is in the distance.

Navine and I left for Simatai at 8am, on Sunday, 29th, Dec, 2013. The road to Simatai was clear early in the morning, which made the driving a lot pleasant. Even when going through the toll gate near Simatai, I could see that there were significantly change going on the road than I saw last year.

 

Cross the bridge, you will enter into the water town.

 

By the time we arrived at Simatai, it was around 10.30am. We went on a weekend, so I had thought there would be as many people. In fact I was wrong, we only saw several security guards and workers at the newly constructed parking lot.

The security guard claimed that Simatai is still closed and will officially reopen on May 1, 2014. In other words, we were not able to enter Simatai Great Wall today. The good news was that it’s possible to walk around Gubei water town, so we decided to spend most of the morning in the water town area, check out the interesting buildings.

 

Navine with the security guard. You can see the road is much better than last year.

Gubei water town is not a real historical Chinese town, it’s a upgraded version of Wuzhen water town in Zhejiang province. It was also designed and presided over by Wuzhen water town developer.

 

 

The town is made up of several separate areas: the tourist area, five star hotel area, club area. There would be various western restaurants and pubs here, including a Peking duck restaurant that was confirmed by the security guard. You can chose to stay overnight in one of the many hotels and hostels there. In summer, you could take a trip in a boat round the water town. I guess the town would be very commercial in the future.

 

 

 

 

At about 12am, we walked back cross the bridge and met the young security guard again. He was very nice and told us that Ice lantern festival would be held at Simatai water town in January, 2014. He suggested us to come back again during the festival if we got a chance. We thanked him and said goodbye to him then drove back to Beijing.

The afternoon was spent on Haidilao hot pot restaurant in Beijing where we had a yummy lunch. Haidilao is a very popular restaurant and famous for its hospitality and authentic Sichuan cuisine. The food was great and the service was really attentive. We paid 285RMB for the meal, while not super cheap, still within reason.

 

 

 


8 Quick Facts about Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Huanghuacheng is largely restored, remote but more easily accessible. Hiking from Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu is simply an ideal day trip or weekend excursion. It is an awesome place where you’ll experience uncrowded adventurous hike and the power of nature. Below are 8 quick facts about amazing Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

 

1.) The Wall is named, Hang Hua Cheng, or “ the Yellow Flower City” and it’s located 65 km North of Beijing.

 

2.)  Huanghuacheng Great Wall was built in 1404 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

 

3.) Huanghuacheng is about 10.8 km (6.7 miles) long and combine with a summer resort, mountains and lakes.

 

4.) Huanghuacheng is called “water Great Wall” as it’s divided into three sections by water, and part of the Wall is underneath the Wall. 

 

5.) Huanghuachneng is ruined, wild, and part of it is restored to some degree.

 

6.) When summer comes, the yellow flowers are in full blossom and cover the whole mountains and villages, it’s very beautiful and pleasing.

 

7.) Hiking the Great Wall from Huanghuacheng to Zhuangdaokou or Xishuiyu requires 3- 5  leisurely hours.

 

8.) The difficulty of Huanghuacheng hike is moderate, but always safe. It’s an ideal place if you like beautiful scenery, mountains, lakes and peacefulness of it. You could easily spend whole day here. 

 


8 Facts about Jinshanling Great Wall

Jinshanling Great Wall, though steeped in history and surrounded by breathtaking mountains, is considered as the best starting point to start the 10KM trek to Simatai West. Located northeast of Beijing, . Below are 8 pretty cool facts that you may or may not know about beautiful Jinshanling Great Wall.

1.) Jinshanling Great Wall is located 125 km northeast of Beijing, and constructed in the Ming dynasty.

 

2.) Jinshanling means  Golden mountain ridge in Chinese.

 

3.) Jinshanling first constructed by General Xuda in 1368, then largely repaired, renovated and expanded by the legendary General Qi Jiguang in the 1570s.

 

4.) The total length of Jinshanling is 10.5 km, with 5 passes, 67 towers and 2 beacon towers, made of brick and stone.

 

5.) With the freeway just two hour drive from Beijing, Jinshanling is highly accessible despite seeming remote.

 

6.) Many parts of the wall at Jinshanling have not been restored in any way. That gives you a more authentic experience but the trek is also more difficult.

 

7.) Hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai West will take you the entire day when you take into account the time to and from Beijing. 

 

8.) This entire hike is about 10 km. and would take roughly 3 – 5 hours, depending on your preferred pace.


Beijing Subway “Survival” Tips

 

The Beijing Subway has to be the quickest and cheapest way to get around Beijing and is clearly marked in English for travelers. At ¥2 per trip (unlimited transfers), Beijing subway is the cheapest subway system in China.

The subway is crowded most of the time in Beijing. If you are an older traveler, you may wish to consider taking a taxi or booking a private car tour, if you can afford it. If you are a person in a wheelchair, you could not even contemplate using this part of the subway because there are no provisions at all to cater to your special needs.

 

There is an unwritten code of behavior for travelling by subway in Beijing. It’s easy to pick it up though – follow these “survival” tips you can enjoy your subway ride:

1) Know the rush hours: Morning: 7:00AM-9: 30AM, Afternoon: 5:30PM-8: 30PM. There are mass amounts of people crammed into trains during rush hour. It’s also always wise to avoid L1, L2, L10 during rush hour or avoiding traveling at that time completely.

2) Allow passengers to exit before boarding. People always push their way out as it’s crowded, it’s difficult to try to push your way in through the crowd.

 

3) Get as close to the door as possible before you are due to get off. You don’t want to struggle at your actual stop and missing your station when your stop arrives. Saying ‘xià che!’ when approaching your stop can also help by letting people know that you will be getting off.

4) Stay a little close to the door if you’re going less than 4 stops. If you stay at the middle carriages it’s difficult to push your way through the crowd when your stop arrives.

 

5) Wait first in line for the next train if you are not rush. Check the indicator for the next train time before crushing into a crowded train. Sometimes an extra minute on the platform brings along a much emptier car.

6) Don’t stand on the left on escalators. Stand to the right, walk on the left. Don’t be the one who holds everyone up because they are standing on the left of the escalator.  Don’t stop and stand at the bottom of the escalator to check your map or look for the correct platform. Remember hundreds of people are being propelled towards you and they can not stop!

8) Don’t crowd around the doors on longer subway trips. Move to the center of a crowded train if possible as staying close to the door you could be pushed from every possible angle by the large amount of people getting on and off the subway.

 

9) Take your rucksack off. If you are wearing a large backpack or carrying parcels, take care that they do not interfere with the space of others. It is generally best to hold your backpack in front of you while travelling on subway, especially during times when services are particularly crowded.

10) Have your ticket ready on entrance and exit, so you don’t have to stop and fumble in your bag or purse looking for it, creating a traffic jam behind you!

 

11) Move down the platform as best you can during peak travel times.

12) Keep on moving. Don’t stop: When walking around subway stations, make sure you consider the people behind you. Don’t stop at the top of escalators or after ticket barriers as this stops the flow of traffic behind you.

 

Please be aware that during the peak hours most people are only interested in getting from A to B and usually travel at great speed with their heads down. Don’t take it too personally if someone is rude after they have just run in to you, just accept that their pace of life isn’t as peaceful as yours.

Nevertheless, if you have a problem understanding it, or are confused about making connections while actually using the subway, the station attendants and most locals will advise you of the direction you need to take: it is only a matter of you asking for help.