Published on:
December 22, 2017

by: Guest

Christmas in China – 圣诞快乐 – Shèngdàn kuàilè

Although Christmas is considered a working day in China, it’s now a very much embraced holiday and absolutely fascinating in that it shows how China’s once closed-off society has become more enthusiastic about foreign lifestyles. Religion isn’t promoted in Chinese society; about 1% of the Chinese population are Christian, however that’s still around 100 million people – and of course, there’s a huge community of ex-pats and tourists who continue to celebrate the holiday!

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In recent years the commercial side of the holiday has been a real focus and is absolutely staggering, with Chinese consumers flocking to malls to take advantage of Christmas promotions – in some cities you’ll even see lavish European themed markets, with mulled wine and festive snacks! In Shanghai for example, the Christmas decorations are spectacular, a key difference however is that decorations are erected by brands as advertising tools, as opposed to by individuals or the city offices.

The largest Hamleys Toy Store in the world will open in Beijing on Christmas Eve to coincide with Christmas and to cash in on the Chinese consumerism – Hamleys has established a 10,700 sqm floor space (double the size of its major London store) with 5 floors and an epic central carousel!

Christmas for Teachers in China


So, what do teachers do over the holiday season? In schools, many throw lavish Christmas parties for their students to teach them about the holiday and related vocabulary, with Santa making an appearance and gifts given – and on some occasions a school’s festive decorations and massive Christmas Tree are far more elaborate than what you might see within schools at home! Many schools will arrange a separate celebration for their teachers, whether it be a formal dinner or an informal drinks meeting, to encourage everyone to come together.

Rest assured, schools appreciate that Christmas Day is a key holiday for many teachers and therefore they are given the day off. Most celebrate with other teachers and ex-pat friends, cooking, playing games, sharing drinks and gifts. Despite being a long way from home, the bonds most teachers forge with colleagues ensure that Christmas is a special affair, and a totally new and exciting experience to remember!

圣诞快乐 – Shèngdàn kuàilè as they say in China – Merry Christmas from all at Opportunity China!


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