Golden Week in Chinese meaning a 7 day holiday for Spring Festival, Labor Day (May 1st) Holiday and National Holiday (October 1st).
This policy started in 1999 by the Chinese government with the background of 1997 financial crisis in Southeast Asia for the purpose of pushing more domestic consumption to boost the economy.
The official public holiday days for Spring Festival, Labor Day and National Holiday is 3 days. The government encourages companies and organizations to arrange 7 days of holiday for employees which are the 3 days plus 2 weekends. So people work on the weekend before and the weekend after in order to have 7 days off in a row.
This policy was positive and effective to boost tourism, restaurants, hotels and transportation but also brought lot of problems for public traffic and private companies.
Never in history did we have such long public holidays legalized by the government. The National Holiday, October 1, lasting 7 days, sometimes come together with another important festival on Chinese lunar calendar- Mid Autumn Day. For example, this year we will have the Mid Autumn Festival on September 26 and 27, the public holiday announced by the government is October 1 to 7, people will have 7 days off in a row and work the Saturday, Oct 10. The problem is the schedule change will bring chaos to private businesses so many companies don’t follow the policy especially those who have business abroad.
Article by Emma Wang, Miracle Mandarin co-founder.
MM Team wishes everyone a happy and safe Golden week!
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