China is home to a wide variety of fantastic entertainment options. Entertainment options vary dramatically from one location to another – what’s available in a major city like Shanghai will certainly not be matched by what’s available in a small town. Despite this, each and every part of China has its own great entertainment options!
Huge Chinese restaurant feasts. Order lots of dishes and enjoy a long leisurely meal!
KTV with friends. A very Chinese favourite where karaoke takes centre stage in a privately hired room.
Expat Bars and Nightclubs. A great way to meet fellow expats and Chinese people with good English
Join a local sports team. Basketball, football, table tennis, running – most cities have local teams and expat teams.
Massages and Spas. The best way to relax, and much much cheaper than at home.
Bungee Jumping. China’s highest jump is in Fuzhou and the world’s highest jump is in Macao.. be afraid!
Study Chinese. The language of the future – why not arrange a language swap with one of your new Chinese friends or colleagues? Language lessons can be arranged very cheaply with a local teacher.
Movies – a mix of international blockbusters and domestic Chinese films,
Theme Parks – Some of the major cities have theme parks with massive rollercoasters and other attractions.
Teachers have all of the public holidays off work, as the whole country shuts down in order to celebrate and give families the opportunity to spend time together. Here’s a brief summary of the major public holidays you can look forward to…
New Year’s Day (January 1)
Not as much celebrated as it is in other parts of the world because it is overshadowed by the upcoming Chinese New Year. However, teachers enjoy a paid day-off and you can be sure to find some fireworks and parties somewhere.
Chinese New Year (dates vary)
Spring Festival, widely known as Chinese New Year in the West, is the most important traditional festival, and most important celebration for families in China. It is an official public holiday, during which most Chinese have 8 days off work. The date of the festival is based on the Chinese lunar calendar. It falls on the first day of the first lunar month (always somewhere in the period January 21 to February 20), and ends with Lantern Festival, on the 15th day of lunar month one. In 2016 the Spring Festival starts on Wednesday, February 8 (Chinese New Year’s Eve). 2016 is the year of the Monkey!
International Women’s Day (March 8)
Interestingly, women employees will get a whole or an half paid day-off!
Tree-Planting Day (April 1)
Highly promoted since the late 1970′s by the reformist government but is yet to become established. It marks the beginning of a greening campaign all over the country for the entire month.
International Labor Day (May 1)
No less celebrated than the New Year’s Day. English teachers will enjoy a paid day-off.
Children’s Day (June 1)
Almost all entertainment places such as cinemas, parks, museums and palaces are free for children. Schools throw celebration parties!
The CCP’s Birthday (July 1)
Marks the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921 in Shanghai.
Army’s Day (August 1)
A communist-led nationalist army staged the first armed uprising in Chinese communist history against the Nationalists on August 1, 1927. It was regarded as the beginning of the Red Army (later the People’s Liberation Army). Now the anniversary is often used to promote better relationships between the army and civilians.
National Day (October 1)
It is the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Celebrations usually take the form of parties in amusement parks by day and fire-works and grand TV ensembles during the evening. English teachers enjoy two paid days-off.
Mid-Autumn Festival (15th of the eighth month)
Chinese Moon Festival is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, which is in September or October. Chinese people have a three-day holiday. The Mid-autumn festival is the second most important festival after the Spring Festival to Chinese people. Every year, when the festival comes people go home from every corner of the country and the world to meet their family and have dinner with them, admire the full moon and eat mooncakes.
Duan Wu (Dragon Boat) Festival (5th of the 5th month)
Said to be in memory of a great patriot poet of the then State of Chu during the Warring States period (475-221 B.C.), Qu Yuan (Ch’u Yuan), who drowned himself to protest his emperor who gave in to the bully State of Chin. For fear that fish may consume his body, people of Chu threw launched their boats and started throwing rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves into the river where he was drowned to feed the fish.