Source: Xinhua (Beijing)
China's State Council Thursday asked local governments to "strictly" observe regulations on national holidays, thus putting an end to the ongoing speculation that many regions would restore the May Golden Week public holidays this year.
Last month (25-Feb-2009), China's Central Government approved a pilot plan by the provincial government of Guangdong to restore the May Golden week public holidays.
At that time, China's Central Government had stressed that this pilot project would be limited to Guangdong Province. However, in recent weeks, more and more regions (including Chongqing, Hunan and Xinjiang) announced some sort of May Golden Week public holidays revival (05-Mar-2009 and 15-Mar-2009).
The final straw seems to have come from a group discussion, yesterday, in the ongoing session of the CPPCC (Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference), where Zhang Xiqin, former deputy director of the National Tourism Administration (NTA) and member of the CPPCC, had called for a return to the week-long May Day public holidays.
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