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 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
Ji¡¯an stands at the intersection of 113o46¡ä east longitude and 25o58¡ä north latitude. The city belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons and generally warm and mild weather. Its average annual temperature is 18.3oC and annual precipitation is about 1457 mm. January is usually the coldest month of the year while July is usually the hottest month.


Temperature Measurement Conversion

Fahrenheit to Centigrade/Celsius£ºsubtract 32 and multiply by 5/9


The nationwide TV network in China is CCTV and each province and city has its own TV stations. In Ji¡¯an, more than 50 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.