Labour Day is China’s second busiest holiday. The actual day falls on May 1 every year, though the holiday lasts three days, normally between April 28 and May 5, depending on weekends. This year, the holiday is from May 1 to 3. That means most of the Chinese ladies on ChnLove will be off work from May 1 to May 3.
Until 2008, Labour Day was once one of three “Golden Weeks” in China, along with the Spring Festival and National Holiday. At that time, the government thought it would be a good idea to have three week-long holidays to encourage domestic travel and spending. However, the policy did not achieve the desired results, and they actually found the long holidays to be more of an economic drain than anything. These Golden Weeks disrupted people’s regular 5-day weekly schedule and was increasingly impeding commerce and international trade, as many key government agencies were shut down for seven days.
As a result, Labour Day was reduced to a one-day holiday, and three additional national holidays were added – the Tomb Sweeping, Dragon Boat, and Mid-Autumn Festivals. This new calendar was adopted in hopes of restoring some ancient Chinese traditions while preventing overcrowding during the long holidays.
The Labour Day Holiday is another travel peak in China. Though the holiday only lasts three days, the tourist peak will lasts for about 8 days. The crowds at attractions, high travel costs, long waiting times, and busy transportation during this period may make your tour to China frustrating. Therefore, some people choose to stay at home instead of travelling. What’s the plan of your Chinese lady? Don’t forget to ask her about it to show your care. Sign in on ChnLove and chat now. Since 2012, in an effort to expedite traffic and reduce travel costs for drivers, passenger vehicles with seven seats or less have been exempt from highway tolls during Labour Day, along with the Chinese New Year, Qingming and National Day holidays.
Tourists trying to go to popular points of interest, such as the Forbidden City or Great Wall, may find it extremely over-crowded. The reason is simple, unlike developed countries, in China, all cities other than large ones (Beijing and Shanghai) offer very limited career potential. As a result, a great number of people in China go to Beijing and Shanghai to work. So, given any public holiday, they are likely to return to their own homes for family reunions.
If you ‘re corresponding with a lady from China, Why not ask about her Labor Day plan and send your wishes (Happy Labor Day! or 劳动节快乐!) ? Get her plan and find more quality time to chat with her. Don’t let your lady feel lonely.