Source: China Daily (Shanghai)
At a recent session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Zhang Xiqin, the vice director of the National Tourism Administration, called for a resumption of the Labor Day Golden Week public holidays.
The annual Labor Day Golden Week public holidays (20-Sep-1999), usually occurring from May 1-7, were abolished at the end of 2007, with effect in 2008 (17-Dec-2007).
The present pronouncement, by a mid-level civil servant, would seem innocuous in any other country, but in China these low-level calls are usually a way of sending a trial balloon. Indeed, the 2007 overhaul of China's list of official public holidays was preceded by a series of such statements (see, for example: 11-Mar-2007, 02-Mar-2007, 17-Feb-2007, and 03-Oct-2006).
In addition, also leading credence to the possible return of Labor Day Golden Weeks, the Guangdong Province was recently given permission by the Central Government of Beijing to restore the Labor Day Golden Week public holidays in the province, as an experiment (25-Feb-2009).
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