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China Mulls End Of Golden Week Public Holidays

Source: Government Portal of the State Council of China (Beijing)
Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Updated: Friday, December 2, 2016


Following the recent announcement that the National Holiday Office (NHS) was being shutdown, Cai Jiming, a professor at Beijing's Tsinghua University and a well-known member of the national committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, has conjectured that it is only a question of time before the Golden Week public holiday in China are scrapped.

Earlier this week (2014-09-17), China's General Office of the State Council had announced that the National Holiday Office (NHS), created in 2000, and tasked with the determination of China's annual non-working public holidays schedule, was being shutdown as a consequence of the public opinion backlash against its most recent overhaul of China's annual non-working public holidays system (2013-12-11, 2013-11-27, and 2013-10-12).

The NHS, headed by the director of the China National Tourism Administration, was a ministerial coordinating conference composed of members from 17 government ministries. Its responsibilities will be handed over to a "more senior group of officials".

The week long Golden Week public holidays system were instituted almost 15 years ago (1999-09-20), and amended once already, at the end of 2007, when the May Golden Week was shortened, to add the Tomb Sweeping Day and Mid-Autumn Festival public holidays in China (2007-12-17, 2007-12-10, 2007-11-17, and 2007-11-09).

The following year (2008-09-10), Professor Cai Jiming had further floated the idea that the October 1st, National Day, 3-day public holiday should be reduced to 1 day only to make room for 2 new, more traditional public holidays.



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