双语 | 十一黄金周，初衷在何处？
双语 | 十一黄金周，初衷在何处？
Chinas National Dayholiday is here again. It is estimated that about 600 million Chinese willtravel during Golden Week. Most people applaud this as more and more Chinesecan afford travel, but I deplore it. After watching tens of millions of......China’s National Dayholiday is here again. It is estimated that about 600 million Chinese willtravel during Golden Week. Most people applaud this as more and more Chinesecan afford travel, but I deplore it. After watching tens of millions of peoplehit the road, crowd the tourist areas, flood cities and towns each year, I haveto say there’s something wrong.
In September 1999,Golden Week started when the Chinese government decided to increase the numberof days off to seven during legal holidays – Chinese New Year and the NationalDay which falls on October 1.
In the last 18 years,the number of travelers during the National Day holiday has grown by 20 times.Of course, this proves that the Chinese are now enjoying greater freedom ofmobility. But, this astronomical number has put extreme strain on traffic,public transport, hotels and restaurants as well as all other services.
Tourists are oftenstuck in traffic for hours before getting to their destinations. Every touristspot is so over-crowded that people have to fight for room. All they see arepeople, not scenery. This also puts public safety at risk.
A much anticipatedholiday often turns out to be frustrating and anger-inducing, instead ofrelaxing and fun. This is not what Golden Week was originally intended to be.Should we have additional or longer paid leaves so that people can spread theirtravel throughout the year rather than squeezing it into a single Golden Week?
Is there a similarphenomenon in other countries?
In the West,vacationing is a must, while in China, it is still a luxury. However, I have tosay that people in the West also need to reflect upon their lifestyle and learnone or two things from the Chinese.
Because westerncountries are highly developed and enjoy employee benefits such as paid leave,healthcare and others, people have money to spend on vacations and don’t needto worry about their retirement or their children. And they would spend as muchas they can earn. Many don’t save money, and even spend tomorrow’s money.
What’s worse is thatmany don’t have the motivation to work hard.What’s worse is that many don’thave the motivation to work hard. While the Chinese are willing to work extrahours, people in the West would not bother to do extra work. That’s one of thereasons why some western economies are becoming stagnant.
he society lacks theenergy and vitality that China is now enjoying. So, in the post-modern societyin the West, people need to look for new motivation, impetus and energy to worka little bit harder. Accumulating some money and not a lot debt for yourchildren and your country!
And in thefast-growing China, people need to take a break from their fast pace of lifefor relaxation and recreation. Spending money before getting too old or toosick.
Finally, I have toask – is there a fine balance between working hard and enjoying life? Is therea meeting point between the East and West?