Today is Labor Day, i.e., May Day. I didn’t have a plan of travelling. I planned to stay at my apartment.
Last night I asked some of my friends whether they had planned to travel out. They said no. I believe that there are quite a number of people staying at home just like us. But months ago, you couldn’t foresee this situation would happen.
I can feel that this year’s May Day is not as hot as the past several years’. It’s not the focus any more. Why? Many people must associate it to the Olympic Games, Tibetan issue and even the train crash. Yes, of course, these events are what people focus on these days. But there is a more important reason which is also more direct resulting in it. That is, the May Day Golden Week is gone forever.
During the past seven years, China had three Golden Weeks for the Spring Festival, Labor Day and National Day holidays. And then, from this year, one of the three Golden Week holidays is abolished and several traditional Chinese festivals added to the holiday list.
According to this new holiday system, for Labor Day, people can only have a one-day holiday. Even if we use holiday shift here, people will have three days holiday — Labor Day, this Friday and Saturday. The week-long Labor Day has been "historical". From now on, we will have two Golden Weeks.
As is known to all, the Golden Weeks were introduced in September 1999 to boost domestic consumption. It really contributed a lot to GDP. Markedly, it generated so much in tourism revenues. Now the authorities abolished one of them. What do you think about it?
And are you satisfied with the current holiday system?
By the way, today, I tried but could hardly find any news report about May Day in some China’s leading media. It wouldn’t happen in the past.
Maybe news for the Olympic Games means everything to them.