Public Holidays in the People's Republic of China

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

Flexible holidays a better option for China

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.