China's university calendar is similar to the general northern hemisphere calendar in that the year begins in September and comprises two semester.
A mid-term week-long break takes place around National Day on October 1, while term typically ends in mid-January.
Note that there are no official holidays for Christmas or other religious holidays. The Gregorian new year is recognised by a holiday on January 1.
The mid-year academic break revolves around Chinese New Year, the timing of which fluctuates.
Chinese New Year begins according to the Chinese calendar which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February. Below is a chart that shows the beginning day of Chinese New Year and the animal sign for that year.
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