Schedule for Golden Week raises eyebrows

Schedule for Golden Week raises eyebrows

Many complain of traffic jams, overcrowding during holidays

Zhang Ji usually plays badminton with his colleagues on Saturdays at the Beijing University of Technology stadium.

But not this week, because they have to work according to a revised holiday schedule.

"This Saturday has become a working day because of the week-long National Day holiday," said Zhang, who works for a State-owned oil company.

Zhang is not the only one annoyed about the Golden Week arrangement that means people have to work extra weekends in exchange for the seven-day break.

Under this year's schedule, five Saturdays and seven Sundays have become working days to accommodate longer holidays.

An online survey by the China National Tourism Administration found that nearly 60 per cent of the people interviewed said they would like to see the National Day Golden Week abolished, citing traffic jams and overcrowding during the holiday.

Cai Jiming, a professor at Tsinghua University and the head of a research group on holidays, supports abolishing the current arrangement.

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