Paternity Leave Policy and Benefits for New Working Dads in China

Paternity Leave in China

This one goes out to all of the hard-working fathers in China! Let’s take a look at general paternal leave and benefits for working dads across China.

(in case you’d like to know about the moms as well, here’s out companion piece on Maternity Leave in China..! Some other related benefits you may want to learn about are Marriage Leave in ChinaChildcare and Elderly Care Work Leave in China.)

Paternity Leave in China

All provinces of China support paid paternity leave. The amount of time for paid paternity leave ranges from 10 to 30 days.

According to a 2023 report from INLPR (the International Network on Leave Policies and Research), paternal leave policy is as follows:

National Policy: None. There is no statutory requirement for paternal leave on the national level.

Province Level: Supported in all provinces. Paternity leave policies are generally the responsibility of individual provinces, and the exact amount of time varies across the country:

10 days: Shanghai.

15 days: Beijing.*

20 days: Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Hunan, Sichuan, Chongqing, Shaanxi (conditional).

25 days: Ningxia, Jilin.

30 days: Yunnan, Gansu, Henan, Anhui, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Tibet.

*Bonus! In Bejing and other select provinces, you can trade extended maternity leave days for more paternity leave days with your spouse!


“Transfer of a female employee’s extended maternity leave to her husband:

In the event that a female employee wishes to shorten the extended maternity leave to which she is entitled, her husband’s paternity leave may be extended accordingly, provided that the couple’s employers agree with such transfer.

It is advisable that employers improve their leave management systems in ways that allow for such transfer against the proofs issued by a couple’s employers.”

– Regulations of Beijing Municipality on Population and Family Planning

Working Dad of a newborn in China
Close the Wechat down for a few days dad - childcare leave is offered all across China!

Is Paternity Leave Paid in China?

Yes! Paternity leave mandated by the provincial-level government (listed above) is be paid at 100% of salary.

When Should a Working Father take Paternity Leave in China?

There is no legal requirement as to when the Paternity leave should be taken. Companies are encouraged to consider fertility policies and keep records of leave. Working Fathers-to-be may want to check with their employer in advance to prepare a plan for paternity leave.

Chinese Father Enjoying Paternity Leave
Paternity Leave - Enjoy it when needed (within reason)!

Annual Parental Leave in China

Another Good-to-know Benefit for New Working Fathers

Parental leave in China is a relatively recent benefit

In 2019, a government entity related to Guiding Opinions on Promoting the Development of Infant Care Services under 3 years old, encouraged all provinces of China to explore parental leave.

In 2021, parental leave was officially added to The Population and Family Planning Law of the People’s Republic of China.

Parental leave is provided in China, and ranges from 5 days (in places like Beijing and Shanghai) to 30 days (in Shaanxi province). A majority of provinces provide 10 days of parental leave. Here are some exceptions:

5 days: Beijing, Shanghai.

15 days: Shanxi, Gansu, Qinghai.

30 days: Shaanxi.

Only Promoted (no set government policy): Jilin, Jiangsu.

Proud Father in China
Give them paid leave, and the China-based working fathers shall rejoice!

When is Parental Leave Taken in China?

Parental leave is taken after maternity and paternity leave. It is generally provided annually for the first several years of the child’s life (following the child’s birthday as a calendar).

Here’s an example of the policy laid out in Beijing (from 

For every full year of a child’s life, either of his/her parents shall be entitled to a parental leave of five business days until he/she has reached three years of age.

In the event that an employee fails to take his/her annual parental leave, the parental leave will not be carried over to the next year.

For instance, if a child is born on June 1, 2021, either of his/her parents shall be entitled to a parental leave of 5 business days in each of the following periods: June 1, 2021-May 31, 2022, June 1, 2022-May 31, 2023, and June 1, 2023-May 31, 2024.


Is Parental Leave Paid in China?

Yes. Parental leave mandated by provincial-level governments (listed above) is paid at 100% of salary.

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