F***ed Up China Holiday Schedule

Sorry but there’s just no other way of describing it. Last year I wrote about what I thought was an unnecessarily complicated October holiday schedule, but this year, the mentally challenged person responsible for deciding the schedule has outdone himself:

Friday 17th Sept : Work day

Saturday 18th Sept : Off

Sunday 19th Sept : Work day

Monday 20th Sept : Work day

Tuesday 21st Sept : Work day

Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th Sept : Off

Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th Sept : Work day

Monday 27th Sept to Thursday 30th Sept : Work day

Friday 1st Oct to Thursday 7th Oct : Off

Friday 8th Oct : Work day

Saruday 9th Oct : Work day

Sunday 10th Oct : Off

Monday 11th Oct : Work day

To make things worse, many of my clients possess enough common sense not to follow this ridiculous schedule, but that means when we’re working (ie weekends) they will be off, and when they’re working (eg Thursday and Friday this week) we will be off. So basically nothing can get done now till October 11th. (And I can’t tell you what a joy it was to get back late on Saturday night after a 17 hour flight and then have to get up for work Sunday morning.)

It’s almost as if it was designed to minimise productivity!

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15 Responses to F***ed Up China Holiday Schedule

  1. T. says:

    I solved that last problem by appearing at work, but not actually working yesterday.

  2. flutter-by says:

    It seems they’ve f***ed up your premeditated 2-week long vacation. What had you planned to pamper yourself? Got a plan B now?

  3. WoAi says:

    @T – I think most people did the same. That’s what I meant by minimal productivity.

    @Flutter-by – I’m working all through the holidays as I just got back from a 2 week break.

  4. CP says:

    All so we can eat a couple of mooncakes and watch a flag get raised next door to a floral display.

  5. T. says:

    Why couldn’t I just have had a 3 day weekend instead? I hate having to work a 6 day work week next week.

  6. WoAi says:

    @T – I think we are all with you on that one. I think the guy who decides the schedule gets bonused on level of complexity, so simply having a 3 day weekend would not score highly enough.

    @CP – I’ve nothing against mooncakes to be honest. I’d just rather eat them on the weekend instead of working.

  7. CP says:

    @WoAi/T: I think the bonus system has its limits. When this year’s Dragon Boat holiday (on a Wednesday) was first announced, the plan was to work nine days straight (from Monday the week before until the Tuesday), then have a five-day break.

    However, when got our formal notification at work (about 3 hours before the first working weekend day), it had been modified to a one-day weekend then a four day break.

  8. flutter-by says:

    Haha, I just read that “Silly Calendars” post on Chinasmack:
    http://www.chinasmack.com/2010/pictures/silly-holiday-schedule-calendars-popular-on-internet.html
    Too sad your holiday calendar will be full of zombies and spinning gyrostats, but no Durex (this one is arguable).

  9. Dingle says:

    it’s a dreadful poor show what, I’m just taking holidays at the weekend, damned if I’m going to work on a saturday or sunday!

  10. Seraph says:

    For mid-autumn, officially is only 1 day off. For 10.1 officially only 3 days off.

    The gov wants you feel like mid-autumn has 3 days off, and for 10.1 7 days off… And acctually they won’t give you even one more day off than 4-day official holiday.

    Then you got your schedule.

  11. WoAi says:

    @CP – What a nightmare. I think working 9 straight days conflicts with Chinese employment laws which is probably why they had to change it.

    @Dingle – Do you mean CATURDAY and Sunday?

    @Seraph – Thanks for the explanation. You haven’t changed my mind though, I still think it’s bloody insane!

    @Flutter – I’m confused. Do Chinese people not have sex on work days? I like the Inception calendar. And I LOVE that comment from a Chinese poster : “Only SBs could set a holiday schedule like this.” Sums it up perfectly.

  12. Yeah, don’t get me started on the whole pretense of ‘three days off’ or ‘seven days off’. I seem to go through this every year, but this year seems way more ridiculous than usual. I know that China doesn’t really see the value in efficiency (my boss still doesn’t care if I do actual work, as long as I’m in my seat for 8+ hours a day), but this ruins productivity for like a month. Argh.

  13. swiss james says:

    It’s all part of smashing the capitalist machinery

  14. CP says:

    @Swiss – I thought capitalism was all about smashing machinery and replacing it with banks and call centres?

  15. WoAi says:

    @Swiss – I never thought of it like that. You may be on to something.

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