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Miscellaneous Life Tips
Li Zhouyan

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 3rd
National Day Holiday: October 1st to 7th
Summer vacation: Usually from early July to end of August

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

The average temperature of the whole year is 16℃.

August is the hottest month with the average temperature: ranging form 25.8℃—28.0℃

Anuary is the coldest month with an average temperature ranging from 5.2℃—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.

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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