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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. 
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.