October 1st is the National Day of People’s Republic of China. And we have one week holiday from that in Mainland China.
To be clear, I don’t always criticise my home country. It’s my home after all.
And I do feel grateful for the public holidays given by the gov when I was there. Later I compared it with holidays in the UK, and I think Chinese people do get a bit more public holidays than people in the UK. There are 8 days of public holiday in a year and full time workers can take 28 days of paid holidays including public holiday, which means the real paid holiday for UK workers would be 20 days? While in Mainland China, people have 11 days of public holiday, 5 working days (from 1 to 9 years seniority), 10 working days (from 10 to 19), 15 working days (from 20 years onwards) paid holiday for full-time workers.
Now, let me explain. In China, the gov will break down working days into two parts when ever there’s a 3 day long public holiday (i.e. Chinese New Year, May Day, National Day), and add up two weekends from one week before and one week after the public holiday. So you will see people in China work 6 days before the holiday, get one week break, and work another 6 days till next weekend.
The purpose of this kind of arrangement is for people who are far away from their hometowns get enough time to travel from one side of the country to the other side and spend enough time with families. (migrant workers in China formed an important part on holiday travelling with a number of more than 260 million)
Later on, due to the stress of public transportation during the ‘Golden Weeks’, China cancelled one of the weeks of May Day, leaving only 1 day as holiday in may, but added the reduced 2 days back to 1 day for Qingming (luna festival for memorising ancestors) and 1 day for Mid-autumn (Chinese thanks-giving and family reunion).
I’ve explained a lot, and my point is, whether Golden Weeks are good for the public or bad?
News keep coming up in the past two days because of the October Golden Week just started in Mainland China. Tourist sights around the country reported high volume of visitor jam-packed at scenes. Due to shortage of public transportation, not all the visitors were able to travel properly leaving them stuck in tourist sights, such as Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan this year. Tens of thousands of tourists went into the mountain area in Sichuan to enjoy the beautiful scene of the nature. However, too many people are having the same thoughts and all they were trying to get rid of, the crowd of people, gathered again in the countryside of China.
A lot of tourists were not able to leave the mountain because of the road to and from the place was jam-packed with people and busses. Some of the people were not happy with not being able to transport by bus, they had to walk miles from the mountain. There were visitors so upset that they deliberately block the way to stop the bus from moving forward.
Sounds incredible, huh?
I guess the major cause of such problem could due to insufficient on traffic control, poor-minded tourist management, as well as lack of understanding among people.
China is a country had long been suffered from differentiated treatments among classes. The lack f mutual understanding and ‘lower-class’ getting less priority in social welfare eventually led to people don’t see each other eye to eye. As the gov claimed to wanting to create a harmonious society, the ideology of mass sharing common wealth sounds easier said than done to me.
After all, the time when Mao promoting Communism in China happened out of sudden change of the society. People who used to be nobles of the country turned out to be no one in one night. It was a change that, maybe, happened too fast. And now the governors inherited the results from the previous leaders, the issues caused by class differentiation still remain.
Also, we should never neglect the problem of the scale of the country, change of quantity leads to the change of quality. Some small problems can become a huge thing in China with the scale of the country and the scale of population. That’s why, I always say to others, it’s not that Chinese are rich in individuals that make others aware of this group of Chinese people, but the size of them, building up the buying power of Chinese consumers internationally by collective spending on luxury goods.
Therefore, the promotion strategies towards Chinese consumers worldwide should consider still on mass buying rather than individual custom services. For example, some people with high buying power might prefer custom designs, while Chinese consumers are famous for low brand loyalty, they prefer whatever would be a bargain on mass bases.