Plan around Chinese
holidays for better
business in the
Far East

Whether you’re a company taking your first steps into the Chinese marketplace, or you’ve been working in the Far East for a while, you should always be mindful of China’s unique holiday calendar when planning your business travel.

If you’re trying to arrange business meetings in China, Hong Kong or the Far East, have you thought about when you’ll be travelling? While you’ve probably heard of Chinese New Year, there are many other Chinese-specific national holidays that you should be aware of before booking those flights.

Much like Brits when it comes to bank holidays in the UK, many residents will be on the move for the larger national holidays, like Chinese New Year and Golden Week. This could see the price of both international flights and domestic transport sky rocket – and flights will be booked up quickly, while roads and trains are likely to be extremely busy.

Further to this, the people you’re trying to arrange your business meeting with could well be taking the opportunity for a holiday, making professional ventures all but impossible.

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s flagship airline, advises that should you choose to travel during the events below, planning and booking your trip well in advance is recommended:

● Qingming (aka Tomb-Sweeping Day) - 5 April 2019

● Labour Day - 1 May 2019

● Dragon Boat Festival - 7 June 2019

● Mid-Autumn Festival - 13 September 2019

● National Day Holiday (aka Golden Week) - 1-7 October 2019

● New Year - 31 Dec 2019 - 1 January 2020

● Spring Festival (aka Chinese New Year) - 24-30 January 2020

It’s important to note that the dates above are specifically for the 2019/2020 calendar. Several of these events are determined by the lunar calendar, and others are mandated by the Government, so will change from year to year.