Chinese Holiday Pay Rules

Holiday pay rates in China

Working on a weekend or national holiday

If the employee works on a 'rest day', which is Saturday afternoon or Sunday in China, then they will be compensated at 200 percent of their base pay. If they work on a national holiday, they will be compensated at 300 percent of their base pay.

Vacation Pay

Under Chinese law, vacation with pay is mandatory. Employees with one to 10 years’ employment get five days; 10 to 20 years’ employment earns 10 days off; and those which more than 20 years get 15 days.

Any vacation due must be taken in the year it is accrued and any unused vacation cannot be carried over to the next year.

Public Holidays in China for 2024


While every care is taken that the information above is correct, it is provided only as background information and companies should look to government advice if unsure about rules and laws relating to holiday pay and absence.

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