China’s National Holiday Office, an entity under the State Council, has taken up the thankless task of conducting surveys through major Web portals and soliciting public opinions regarding the 2014 public holiday arrangement. Three vacation options are being offered in the online polls but they have all left the public disappointed as the official holidays are stuck at 11 in number, no matter which package is chosen.
Since more national holidays are nowhere in sight, retaining the long “golden week” breaks during the Spring Festival and National Day has gained overwhelming favor among the respondents. If this option is finally adopted by the government, it implies that the chaos often seen at tourist spots across the country in the recent past won’t see much improvement in 2014.
Excessive concentration of national holidays in the two periods will continue to encourage travelers to take to the road and flock to domestic attractions during the mandated week-long breaks. The huge migration of millions of people under such inflexible holiday arrangement will inevitably overstretch the capacities of local tourism facilities and road transport infrastructure during the vacations.
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