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Time used in Beijing and all over China is called Beijing Standard Time. It is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 8), and 13 hours ahead of New York time.
Busiest Tourist Periods
Beijing is a crowded busy city full of life and vitality. Visitors both from home and abroad come to experience the delights of Beijing at most times of the year. To avoid the big crowd and still enjoy nice weather, you could try plan your visit in late spring or early autumn. Summer is especially crowded because visitors, mostly Chinese bring their children to see the capital of the country. Winter is the low season so it is possible to take advantage of the better prices and Fewer people. Whenever you visit, it is better visit on Monday to Friday and to visit the attractions in the morning or late in the afternoon.
The three national holidays, Chinese Spring Festival, International Labor Day and National Day are the peak travel times for the Chinese of a year. It is not a good idea to travel in China during these holidays. Spring Festival is an especially busy time to travel. The advantage of being in China at this time is that you will get the oppottunity to experience “first hand” the significance of these celebrations in Chinese culture.
The main national holidays celebrated in Beijing are listed hereunder, for more info please read Festival.
January 1 New Year's Day, 1 day off.
January or February (according to Chinese lunar calendar) Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, 4 days off.
March 8 International Women's day, 1/2 day off for women only.
May 1 International Labor Day, 3 days off.
May 4 Youth Day, 1/2 day off for young people.
June 1 Children's Day, 1 day off for children.
July 1 Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China, party members celebrate through meeting.
August 1 Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese PLA, 1/2 day off for active army.
October 1 National Day, 3 days off.