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Office-goers struggling with ‘confusing’ dates

It would be a good idea to check your working calender before taking off for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays.

This year’s calendar for the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday and the seven-day National Day holiday are a bit  “confusing” with many office-goers trying to work out the working and holiday dates.

Starting yesterday, people in China are supposed to work for three days, and then take three days off.

They will return to work on Sunday for six-straight days, followed by a day off. They have to work for another two days and then enjoy the seven-day long  National Day holiday. They will return to work for five days and then get a day off before resuming normal work routine.

Wang Ning, a media worker who just returned from a trip to Japan last week, said it was very difficult for her to remember the work and holiday schedule.

“It’s a bit complicated remembering the dates, and I must carefully check whether I need to work or not every morning after I get up,” she said.

Netizens are having a go with the confusing dates as well.

“Wish I could hire a temporary secretary who could call me with the dates,” netizen zonghengtantianxia wrote on the blog. “It is a crazy holiday mixed with love and hate,” wrote another blogger monstarjuan.

Many others are checking with friends and colleagues to set an “alarm clock” of dates.

But not everyone is confused about the dates. There are those who are applying for leave on September 29 and 30 so that they can enjoy a 10-day break.

If you are smart enough — and your office agrees to it off course — you can take off on a 24-day holiday.



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