Labor Day is a public holiday in China. Crowds are expected in many scenic spots. During the May Day holiday, which falls on May 1 and 5, 195 million domestic tourists are expected to travel across the country, up by 13.7 % from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Below is the larger picture of China public holidays calendar in 2021.





Labor Day originated from the United States in 1886 Chicago workers strike. In order to commemorate the great workers' movement, Engels organized the second International founding conference announced that the annual May 1st as the International Labor Day. The Chinese people's celebration of Labor Day can be traced back to 1918, when some revolutionary intellectuals in Shanghai, Suzhou and other places distributed leaflets introducing the May Day to the masses. On May 1, 1920, the masses of workers in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other cities took to the streets and held a huge demonstration and assembly. After the founding of new China, China in 1949 ruled May 1st as the legal Labor Day. In China, people will take part in a variety of celebrations or recreational activities during the May Day Holiday. The worker who has outstanding contributions will be commended.

The Facts in China During the May Day Holiday

Expressway Toll-free



In 2021, the May Day Expressway will be free for 5 days, from 00:00 on May 1 to 24:00 on May 5. Because according to the "major holidays free of small passenger car tolls implementation plan" issued by the state, high-speed free passage time range for the Spring Festival, Tomb-sweeping Day, Labor Day, National Day and other four national legal holidays, as well as the documents determined by the State Council General Office of the above-mentioned legal holidays even rest day.

People will have 5 days off

The May Day holiday in 2021 continues the arrangement in 2020 with a 5-day holiday. May 1st 2021 (Saturday) to May 5th 2021 (Wednesday) will be the holiday, and April 25 (Sunday) and May 8 (Saturday) will be working days. Such adjustment can make people better travel and relax. Since Chinese people will have a 5-day holiday in 2021. This is another peak time for travel during the year.

One of The Travel Rushes



As the first long holiday after the Spring Festival, the Qingming Festival releases consumers' pent-up demand for travel, home visits and family visits. For the industry, the current hot tourism market is to inject a shot of strength for the subsequent recovery, the upcoming May Day holiday is even expected to become the "hottest golden week in history". As the domestic epidemic continues to show a steady and positive trend, it is expected that the local tourism market and the surrounding tourism market will continue to maintain a strong momentum of growth this May Day.

Tips for Taking Trains on May Day Holiday

The rapid development of high-speed rail has brought more convenience to people's travel. It is the best mode of transportation for people to travel. China has a thriving railway network.It has to be said that high-speed rail has changed the way we travel.In this vast land of China, it takes us to more places to see the local beauty.

So we're going to offer some suggestions on how to travel by train during the May Day Holiday.

Choose A Reasonable Ticket Type



During the May Day Holiday travel rush, the first choice for long-distance travel is the sleeper ticket. If you really can't get a berth ticket and can't get a seat ticket. I suggest you try to take a higher-class train. Such as the T-express, the Z-express, or the D/G high-speed train. Because the costs for these train tickets slightly high, they can artificially divert passengers. Spend a little more money, you can buy more comfort. We highly recommend you choose the high-speed train to travel, because they are safe, comfortable, and fast. And you will also have more seating options, such as first-class seat and business class seat.

Buy Your Train Tickets As Early As Possible

People usually choose the May Day Holiday to go out. It can be said that the May Day holiday is a golden week for tourism. Hence, you must buy your train tickets as early as possible. The pre-sale period of Chinese train tickets is usually 30 days before the departure date. You must look for opportunities to choose the most suitable schedule for you. It is easier if you use our China Train Booking app. Our system will automatically buy the tickets for you after China Rail released them.

Arrive at the Railway Station Earlier than Usual

Because the traffic network is very busy during the May Day Holiday. There will also be a lot more cars and a lot more flow of people on the road than usual. Hence, please arrive at the railway station at least 1.5 hours before the departure time and get ready for long lines at the entrance and boarding gate.

Book Your May Day Holiday Train Tickets Online 

You are always welcome to use our China Train Booking app to get your tickets within 3 minutes. We will make the process of booking a train ticket quite easy for you. Payment is also safe and convenient via credit card, PayPal, WeChat, and Alipay.

Further reading:
Hong Kong – Shenzhen/Futian High-Speed Trains
China High-Speed Train/Rail Guide
How to Buy China Train Tickets