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Advisors propose a 15-day New Year break

THE Chinese New Year holiday should be extended to 15 days from the current one week, top political advisors suggested during the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing.

Extending the holidays would not only stimulate tourism and consumption, but would give people proper rest and relaxation after traditional Spring Festival activities, Cheng Ping, vice chairman of Zhuhai Committee, said on the sidelines of the advisory body's annual meeting in Beijing, Oriental Morning Post reported today.

For migrant workers, the reunion time is too short as they need to travel long distances. And business efficiency during the traditional Spring Festival period is lower because of fewer workers, Cheng said.

This suggestion was echoed by several delegates including Yan Qi, vice chairman of Chongqing Industrial and Commercial Association.

Yan said a 15-day holiday for the festival would ease Spring Festival traffic problems and provide more job opportunities in service industries.

Traditionally the Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th of the first lunar month.


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