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- February

    The 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.

    Climate and  Weather
    Hangzhou stands at the intersection  of 12o16 east longitude and 30o15 north latitude and is about 100 kilometers  from the sea. The city belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate, with four  distinct seasons and generally warm and mild weather. Its average annual  temperature is 16.2oC and annual precipitation is about 1500 mm, with the  average rainy days about 155 days.
    January is usually the coldest month of  the year while July is usually the hottest month.

    Temperature  Measurement Conversion:
    Fahrenheit to  Centigrade/Celsius
    subtract 32 and multiply by  5/9

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