China Relocation: Upcoming Public Holidays
In the coming four weeks, China marks two important annual public holidays which may impact your assignees’ travel and relocation plans.
The Mid-Autumn Festival that falls on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar is on 27 September. The day is also known as the Moon Festival as it is the time of year when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. Traditionally, moon cakes are a special food of the festival and, perhaps most importantly, it is typically a time for family reunion. Although the public holiday for this year’s Moon Festival falls on a Sunday, travel interruptions and closures may cause some disruption at this time.
In addition to the Mid-Autumn Festival, China is celebrating its National Day on Thursday 1 October. The public holiday period around National Day, commonly known as a “Golden Week” is from 1-7 October. Along with the Spring Holiday Festival, it is one of the longest holidays in China and it is normally a time when families go on holiday or travel home.
Assignees relocating to China at this time should be aware that:
- There may be resulting delays in household good shipments
- Visa/immigration paperwork may take longer over this period
- Home search/look see visits may be interrupted
- School closures may affect school visit trips
Should you or your assignees have any questions regarding relocation to China during this period, please contact your Cartus representative.