Chinese National Holidays 2003 (Source: Chinese Embassy, Ottawa)

    If you are planning for business travel to China in 2003, you should  
be aware of the Chinese National Holidays. (Besides having your  
business card translated to Chinese)  
    Jan  01       --  New Year's Day.  
    Feb  01-03 -- Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (3 days) 
    May 01-03 -- International Labor Day (3 days) 
    Oct  01-03 -- National Day (3 days)  
    Important Note Read Carefully: The "weekends" (Sat,Sun days off) 
preceeding and following the above 3-day holidays may be shifted from 
year-to-year TOWARDS the 3-day block to give a continuous stretch 
of  7 days off. You may end up having to work on Sat. or Sun. To 
complicate things more, the actual arrangement is usually not finalized 
until shortly before the holiday event. Check with your host or travel 
agent to confirm. 
    Just in(2003/01/19):  Arrangements for the Chinese New Year Holidays 
    Feb 01 -- First day of Chinese New Year -- HOLIDAY 
    Feb 02 -- Second day of Chinese New Year -- HOLIDAY 
    Feb 03 -- Third day of Chinese New Year -- HOLIDAY 
    Feb 04 -- Make-up day because Feb 01 is a Saturday -- DAY OFF 
    Feb 05 -- Make-up day because Feb 02 is a Sunday -- DAY OFF 
    Feb 06 -- DAY OFF because of weekend-shifting from Feb 08. 
    Feb 07 -- DAY OFF because of weekend-shifting from Feb 09. 
    Feb 08 -- They have to WORK on this Saturday (weekend-shifting) 
    Feb 09 -- They have to WORK on thie Sunday (weekend-shifting) 
    The following days are partial holidays for particular groups of 
people. Business meetings may or may not be affected. 

    Mar 08       -- International Women's Day (All women get a half day off).  
    May 04      -- Youth Day (All persons 14-20 get a half day off).  
    Jun   01      -- Children's Day (All children 13 and under get a full day off).  
    Aug  01      -- Army Day (Special procedure dept. of national defense 
                          for all armed forces personnel).

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