Patriotic displays of red and yellow flowers are common during National Holiday (these are from my first October, in 2004).

Explaining crazy Chinese holiday schedules

National Day holiday is October 1st-October 7th, regardless of which days of the week these are. This year, that’s Tuesday-Monday. Then the Sunday before and Saturday after become work days. Confused? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one.

October Holiday in Beijing

The first week of October is a holiday in China. Flags go up everywhere, red and yellow flower arrangements brighten every complex, and almost the whole country goes on holiday. Great weather adds to the festive feel.