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China 2014 Public Holidays Overhaul Update

Source: Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing)
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Updated: Friday, December 2, 2016


China's General Office of the State Council has followed-up on last month's informal polls, with an official poll on seven major news websites, asking the Chinese public to choose between 3 different schemes of annual public holidays, each representing a substantial change as compared to China's last overhaul of its non-working public holidays calendar in 2007.

Last month (2013-10-12), China's General Office of the State Council had setup informal polls on the major Chinese social networks and portals (Sina, Sohu and Tencent) asking for citizen feedback as to the current system of annual non-working public holidays in China.

At the time we commented that this could mean significant changes to 2014 non-working public holidays in China for 2014 as compared to previous years (2012-12-11 and 2012-11-12) as the previous overhaul of China's annual list of official non-working public holidays (2007-12-17, 2007-12-10, 2007-11-17) had been preceded by a similar poll of citizens via the internet (2007-11-09).

Interestingly, despite last month's polling results indicating that about 55 to 60% of respondents are against the week long Golden Week public holidays system instituted almost 15 years ago (1999-09-20), all 3 of the options proposed today include a week long period of public holidays for the Lunar New Year.



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