Source: China Daily
Earlier today, the Chinese Government released a draft plan on the Internet in order to solicit public opinion on its long-awaited public holidays overhaul, as a result of which, the total number of legal holidays will increase from 10 days to 11 days.
Some of the highlights: •The Spring Festival would begin on the eve of the Lunar New Year, rather than on the day itself. •The three-day May Day public holiday is reduced to one day. •Three new one-day public holidays are created for Tomb-Sweeping Day, the Dragon-Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival. •Golden Weeks will be maintained for the Spring Festival and the National Day public holiday, by working the entire weekend previous to each of these holidays.
None of the specifics is a big surprise for those that have been monitoring developments in China's public holidays. The cancellation of one or more of the 3 Golden Week public holidays (20-Sep-1999) had been discussed for over a year (01-Jul-2007), as had the addition of more traditional public holidays (02-Mar-2007), and the inclusion of Lunar New Year's Eve (17-Feb-2007).
However, the big surprise is the timeframe of the proposed changes ... the government is quoted as saying that it hopes that the plan could come into effect in time for the 2008 Spring Festival (aka. Chinese Lunar New Year).
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