Seven Day Work Week

Next week is the May Holiday in China, one of the three seven day long public holidays that exist here. They basically take all the little holidays and roll them up in to a few longer holidays. The reason is since a lot of people live away from their home towns people often travel by train back. Some of the folks from are team are travelling over 20 hours each way to get to their homes and this is not uncommon.

The side effect of this is the State Planning Commission for the Glorification of the Worker or something like that makes people work on the weekends. For the Chinese New Year holiday, they made us work the Saturday before and the Sunday after and for this holiday we have to work both Saturday and Sunday this weekend and then get seven days off. It’s really strange.