#69 A policy that everyone hates in China… 一个 人人都讨厌 的 政策

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Hello everyone. Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese!

Do you know what holiday is on May 1st? That’s right, it’s Labour Day. May 1st Labor Day is a statutory holiday in China. This year, in China, people can take holidays and rest from April 30 to May 4. Although it is possible to take a holiday, there are still a lot of people who are not happy. On Chinese social media, a lot of people were complaining, saying, “We’d rather not have a holiday!” Why did they complain? It is because of the “makeup work days”! What are the “makeup work days”? Why does everyone hate it? Today, let’s talk about the “makeup work days”, a policy that everyone hates in China.

The “makeup workdays” means “adjusting the date of holiday”. It seemed that there are five days for the 1st May Labour holiday, but April 30 and May 1 were weekends, and people could have days off anyway, so in fact, the holiday was only from May 2 to May 4, a total of three days. If it were just that, people wouldn’t be so angry. To make the holidays seem longer, the government had mandated “makeup work days”, which means people work two extra days to compensate for the holidays. People had to go to work on Sunday, April 24, and Saturday, May 7. So, in reality, people only had one day off! For two weeks, people were working six days in a row.  There were fewer weekend days. Now, do you see why so many people say “would rather not take a vacation than take a break”?

What is the “root of all evil” such as the “makeup work days” for? Who invented it? In the Chinese government, there is a department called the Tourism Bureau. The Tourism Bureau has to make arrangements for holidays every year, and they have also invented the “makeup work days”. Not only the 1st may Labour Day holiday, but also the New Year’s Day, Qingming Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day. I think because China is so big, the Tourism Bureau hopes that the holidays can be longer and people can have more vacations to travel, can consume, and promote the economy. However, they were worried that it would be bad for the economy without people going to work for too long, so they decided to let people work more on weekends. Did they make a good decision? I don’t know, and all I know is that many people hate the policy of the “makeup work days”.

I have been to many countries, but I have never seen the policy of “makeup workdays” in other countries. Does your country have a policy of “makeup work days”? What do you think of China’s “makeup work days”? Welcome to leave us a comment!

5 thoughts on “#69 A policy that everyone hates in China… 一个 人人都讨厌 的 政策”

  1. Really enjoying your content, it’s a great difficulty level with interesting stories to practice listening.

    There are more and more graded readers on the market, which is great to help reading, but “graded listening” is a major gap and often hard to find, especially in early intermediate stages.


    1. Molly - Maomi Chinese

      Hi Thomas,

      Thank you so much for your nice comment! You are right – there are not many graded listening resources, and that was the reason I started to create these content. At the beginning it was for my students who were doing A-level or IB Chinese, but I am very glad that I shared them with you all. I am working on categorising them into more specific levels. Perhaps in HSK 3-6? Please feel to let me know if you have any ideas!

  2. 我住在中国。我们的公司也有调休这个政策,我们也感觉好烦, 所以今天的话题对我来说是特别有用的。我本来只会说“补班”, 不知道 调休 这个词。 谢谢老师~~

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