Miscellaneous Life Tips

Vacations and Breaks

Many students are quite confused about how the Chinese holiday system works. Here is the rule: when any national holiday runs into the weekend, you have to make up a day or two on the weekend before and afterward.During a school year, students will have days off during the following vacations and breaks:

New Year Day Vacation: January 1st to 3rd

May Day Holiday: May 1st to May 7th

National Day Holiday: October 1st to October 7th

Summer vacation: Usually from early July to early September Winter Vacation: usually from late January to mid- FebruaryThe time of winter vacation in Chinese schools changes since the Chinese Spring Festival falls on different dates in different years.

For more details, please refer to the school calendar.

Weather and climate in Wuhan.

..Wuhan is a subtropical monsoon climate, abundant rainfall, abundant sunshine, four distinct seasons. Overall climate environment is good, in the past 30 years, the average annual rainfall of 1269 mm, and more concentrated in the 6-8 months. The average annual temperature of 15.8 degrees -17.5 degrees Celsius, frost free period is generally 211 days -272 days, the total number of hours of sunshine 1810 hours -2100 hours. Landscape: Wudang Mountains, the Three Gorges, Shennongjia, etc..

Time Zone.

Hangzhoutakes Beijing Standard Time which is 8 hours earlier than the Greenwich Mean Time. Daylight Saving Time is NOT practiced in China.


The nationwide TV network in China is CCTV and each province and city has its own TV stations. In Hangzhou more than 30 channels are available via cable TV, including a 24-hour English service channel---CCTV 9 and an international channel in Chinese--CCTV 4 which offers a number of programs of Chinese language study and tourism information.


The voltage for daily use in China is 220V, so please prepare adapter if necessary.

Drinking water

You cannot directly drink tap water in China. Please drink boiled water or buy bottled water.

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