Well, so far I've found nothing about Air New Zealand on the Chinese internet- maybe I need to figure out how to search properly.
But I have found a report about the upcoming Qingming holiday.
Three Days Holiday for Qingming
The time will be from the 4th to the 6th of April
本报讯 （记者吴狄 温薷）昨日，北京市政府办公厅发出通知，4月4日（清明节）至6日全市放假三日。这是国务院调整新的法定假期后的第一个清明节法定假日。
This paper's reporters Wu Di and Wen Ru: Yesterday the general office of the Beijing Municipal Government issued a notice, there will be a three-day holiday from 4th April (Qingming Festival) to 6th April. This will be the first public holiday at Qingming Festival since the State Council set the new
The 4th April (Qingming Festival) will be a public holiday, and 5th April (Saturday) and 6th April (Sunday) will be the usual general holidays. Each enterprise and institution can arrange and adjust the holiday times according to its specific production and work circumstances. The municipal government requires that each unit will carry out well its fire prevention, security, and hygiene and disease prevention work over the holiday period.
Over the Qingming holiday period, Beijing's public transport authorities will open 11 temporary special tomb-sweeping lines going to the five big cemeteries of Tonghui Cemetery, Taiziyu Cemetery, Foshan Cemeterey, Wenquan Cemetery, and Badaling People's Public Cemetery.
The 11 temporary lines will run on weekends in the last third of March and the first third of April, as well as on the three days of the Qingming holiday, 4th, 5th and 6th April. If citizens need to know the departure times and places of the buses, they can phone the Beijing Tour Bus Company's consulting line, 6727 6666, to inquire.
At first I wasn't happy about the change to the public holidays because, although it keeps the illogically placed (from a school year point of view) National Day golden week in the first week of October (only one month after the start of school), it took away what was a perfectly timed mid-semester break by cutting the May Day golden week to a mere three days. Then I realised we get a long weekend basically every month through the second semester at Qingming, May Day and Dragon Boat Festival, which isn't too bad.
Still, it seems Qingming has been timed perfectly this year, falling on a Friday, allowing us to just take a long weekend- not that it makes any difference for me, seeing as I don't have class on Fridays anyway. Glancing through the calendar, it would seem that May Day, falling on a Thursday, is going to involve a rejigged weekend and a long work week one side of the holiday. Dragon Boat Festival falls on a Sunday, though, June 8, so who knows what they'll do then. Hopefully they'll leave the weekend intact and add a holiday on either the previous Friday or following Monday- hopefully the Monday so that I'll actually benefit from the holiday.
What's got me confused about Dragon Boat Festival, however, is this post by Micah, in which he translates an article I can't quite figure out:
According to the changes made in "Regulation on Public Holidays for National Annual Festivals and Memorial Days", a one-day holiday will be declared on three of China's traditional holidays: Tomb-Sweeping Day, Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival. However, as some netizens have pointed out, cases exist like 2009 where there will be two months of May on the lunar calendar, with Dragon Boat Festivals on both May 28 and May2 27. The State Council's decision regarding "Regulation on Public Holidays" does not delineate how to settle this situation.
I just asked lzh, and her response seems to back up what Google Calendar is telling me: Dragon Boat Festival is 5/5 on the lunar calendar, which this year falls on June 8. I can't figure out where this "May 28 and May2 27" is coming from, since neither of these dates matches any date for Dragon Boat Festival, lunar or solar, I'm looking at. And I certainly can't find a second Dragon Boat Festival on Google Calendar, but, well, I don't consider Google to be the authoritative source for such things.
Anyway, I guess we'll find out some time in May.