China media: Holiday system

Reports say most of China's popular tourist detonations are overcrowded and expensive during national holidays
Image caption Reports say most of China's popular tourist detonations are overcrowded and expensive during national holidays

Papers discuss the idea of reforming China's "holiday system" as the country gears up for week-long National Day celebrations.

The celebrations start from 1 October.

According to local media reports, Cai Jiming, a professor at Tsinghua University and a member of the national committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, has called for the restructuring of the holiday system in China.

His suggestions include scrapping the week-long National Day celebrations.

The Chinese government started the "Golden Week" holiday system in 1999 to help expand the domestic tourism market.

However, the system is now facing criticism because the break often leads to heavy traffic congestion and overcrowding of tourist destinations, reports say.

Dr Cai's latest suggestion has been widely debated as some netizens recall that he was the man who successfully pushed for the scrapping of the Labour Day Golden Week holidays, says the Liberation Daily.

Huang Huang, an expert at China Tourism Academy, tells the Beijing Times that the change will have repercussions on the tourism industry.

For other experts, the debate is more focused on improving the annual paid leave system to protect the rights of workers in China.

Some experts feel that most Chinese workers do not get sufficient paid leave days and rely on state-approved holidays for taking breaks.

This system leads to overcrowding of holiday destinations and also adds to the travelling costs.

Defending Dr Cai, an article on the Information Times points out that his suggestion should be seen as a "goodwill" gesture because it fights for more rights for China's workers.

A commentary on the China Net website agrees that paid leave benefits "should not just be promises on paper".

"When we discard the economic mindset and return the basic rights to the people, the debate about scrapping the Golden Week will have a more humane meaning," it says.

'Wrestling field'

Elsewhere, some media outlets warn protestors in Hong Kong to "get rid of their illusions" that Washington will intervene in the territory's affairs.

Thousands of Hong Kong students started a week-long boycott of classes on Monday to protest against the central government's recent decision to rule out open nomination of candidates for the Hong Kong chief executive election in 2017.

Noting that some US consulate personnel in Hong Kong recently met the protesting students, the Global Times warns Hong Kong to not become a "wrestling field" for the US.

"Hong Kong society should have a grand vision and be clearly aware of its position in the strategic rivalry between China and the US… The US will inevitably stretch its hands into Hong Kong. If Hong Kong turns into a wrestling field of the US to hedge China's rise, that will be a disaster for the territory," it says.

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