Government pushes a 4.5-day summer workweek
The Chinese government is encouraging people to work 4 1/2 days a week in the summer to bolster tourism amid the flagging economy.
If conditions permit, more flexibility should be given to employees to help them take vacations using Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays, according to a document published by the General Office of the State Council.
The document also said China will build more tourism infrastructure, including cruise ports and RV parks. Cruise ship tourism should be encouraged and 10 ports for cruise vessels will be built by 2020, and 57,000 clean toilets at tourist attractions will be built or renovated within three years, it said, adding the toilets will be well-maintained and free of charge.
The news caused a stir on social networks, with more than 25 million people reading the document “Please carry it out as soon as possible, otherwise the summer will end soon,” said a netizen.