#2 - Holidays which aren't holidays
Now this isn't the second thing that came to mind for a China 101 post (toilets were), but this is topical as it relates to my last post.
Basically in China, holidays are NOT 'holidays' as you would know it back in the UK. What simply happens is that you are given consecutive days off during festivals and other national holidays; this then gives you time to go travelling should you wish to do so.
HOWEVER, you have to make up for the 'holidays' by working in the weekends!!! Isn't that so crazy??? Even the kids have to do it - for instance, teachers and students alike had to come into school the weekend before mid-autumn fest to make up for the time they will get off later! Meanwhile, this weekend is again a ‘work-end’ since I have to start 'earning' my October holidays (the National Holiday week: 1-7th of October) which are coming up soon.
Not only are these ‘holidays’ ridiculous because it's simply akin to shifting weekends around (which makes for totally exhausting and looooong working weeks), it is also confusing trying to keep track of what day it’s suppose to be!! So on a Sunday, do I teach to a 'Thursday' schedule or a 'Friday' one or a different day altogether??
So yeah, no 2 on my list of Chinese idiosyncrasies are fake holidays.