Academic calendar

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China's university calendar is similar to the general northern hemisphere calendar in that the year begins in September and comprises two semester.

A mid-term week-long break takes place around National Day on October 1, while term typically ends in mid-January.

Note that there are no official holidays for Christmas or other religious holidays. The Gregorian new year is recognised by a holiday on January 1.

The mid-year academic break revolves around Chinese New Year, the timing of which fluctuates.

Chinese New Year begins according to the Chinese calendar which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February. Below is a chart that shows the beginning day of Chinese New Year and the animal sign for that year.


Year Chinese New Year Begins Animal Sign
2007 February 18 Pig
2008 February 7 Rat
2009 January 26 Ox
2010 February 14 Tiger
2011 February 3 Rabbit
2012 January 23 Dragon
2013 February 10 Snake
2014 January 31 Horse
2015 February 19 Sheep
2016 February 8 Monkey
2017 January 28 Rooster
2018 February 16 Dog
2019 February 5 Pig