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Government offices operate from around 8am to 3pm Monday to Thursday and Saturday, and 8am to noon on Friday. Private offices generally open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (some closing between noon and 1pm for prayers) and some also operate on Saturday (often only until 3pm).

State banks (foreign-exchange sections) are usually open from 9am to 1.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 12.30pm on Friday and Saturday. Some banks stay open longer. Post office timings vary regionally but they generally open from around 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and Saturday, and 9am to 12.30pm on Friday, although some stay open longer and some close for 30 minutes between 1pm and 2pm. Most museums open from around 9am to 5pm in summer and to 4pm in winter; many are closed on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the year.

Restaurant hours are variable. Breakfast is usually available from approximately 7am and restaurants open for dinner around 6pm to 7pm. Some stay open throughout the day.

During Ramazan (Ramadan), opening hours are shortened by most government offices and many businesses, especially restaurants (which are typically closed from dawn to dusk); hours vary across the country, with notices usually posted on the business’s entrance.

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Everything official runs on Beijing time, opening at 8.30am and usually closing at 5pm Monday to Friday. However, in Kashgar and Tashkurgan people operate on (unofficial) ‘Xinjiang time’, which is two hours earlier. A few businesses may add a half day on Saturday but Sunday is universally the day of rest.

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