Public Holidays in the People's Republic of China

Flexible holidays a better option for China

Crowds of tourists on the Bai Causeway in the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province on October 4, 2012. Photo: Xinhua

The mainland's "golden week" holidays were sold by authorities as being about taking a break, relaxing and having fun. But as in the past, the government-mandated eight-day vacation for the Mid-Autumn festival and National Day was mostly about chaos and frustration.

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Beijing close to replacing Labour Day 'golden week'

The mainland is close to axing the Labour Day 'golden week' holiday and introducing compulsory paid annual leave after the State Council approved the plan in principle yesterday.

A general meeting chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao reviewed and approved in principle a draft rule on annual paid leave and a plan to modify the national public holidays regulation, Xinhua reported.

8 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Holiday plans good for workers and wallets

Holidays on the mainland have more to do with central planning than culture and custom, or even rest and recreation. The result has been the 'golden weeks', the chaotic phenomenon of up to half a billion people on the move at the same time. Roads are congested, transport infrastructure stretched and tourist destinations brought to breaking point.

11 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Revamped holidays plan unveiled

Sweeping changes include new worker-friendly paid leave system

Mainland authorities yesterday released a long-anticipated plan proposing sweeping changes to the public holiday calendar and annual leave system after years of deliberation.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

'Golden weeks' may be scrapped by 2009

The mainland might scrap its chaotic 'golden week' holiday system in 2009 and introduce traditional public holidays or compulsory paid leave as compensation, according to a leading tourism academic.

28 Jun 2007 - 12:00am