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China 2014 Public Holidays Released

Source: Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing)
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: October 25, 2021

After conducting a series of informal and formal polls over the past 2 months, China's General Office of the State Council has finally released the official list of China's annual non-working public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2014.

The aforementioned announcement of the official 2014 non-working public holidays in China ("Circular on the Arrangement of Certain Holidays in 2014 (guobanfamingdian [2013] No.28)"), follow a formal poll organized last month (2013-11-27) by China's General Office of the State Council, itself following up on a series of informal polls the month before (2013-10-12) on seven major news websites, asking the Chinese public to choose between 3 different schemes of annual public holidays, each representing a change as compared to China's last overhaul of its non-working public holidays calendar (2007-12-17).

Interestingly, the previous overhaul of China's annual list of official non-working public holidays (2007-12-17, 2007-12-10, 2007-11-17) had also been preceded by a similar poll of citizens via the internet (2007-11-09).

Despite polling results indicating that about 55 to 60% of respondents were against the week long Golden Week public holidays system instituted almost 15 years ago (1999-09-20), all 3 of the options proposed last October included a week long period of public holidays for the Lunar New Year, and the option finally chosen by China's General Office of the State Council for the official 2014 non-working public holidays in China are based, with some tweaks, on plan C which has 2 week long Golden Weeks.

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