In 2017, the average leisure time of Chinese people is only 2.27 hours per day, less than half of that in Europe and America
On July 13, National Academy of Economics Strategy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Tourism Research Centre (CASSTRC) and Social Sciences Academic Press jointly published the “Retirement Green Paper: China Leisure Development Report of 2017-2018”.
The Green Paper says, according to the “China Economic Life Survey” initiated by the National Bureau of Statistics, the average daily leisure time for Chinese people in 2017 was 2.27 hours, which was lower than that of three years ago (2.55 hours).
Among them, residents in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing had less leisure time per day, which were 1.94, 2.04, 2.14 and 2.25 hours respectively.In comparison, nationals in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries had an average leisure time of about 5 hours per day, twice as many as the Chinese.
In addition to the lack of leisure time, due to the fact that the paid vacation system has not been fully implemented, the leisure time of Chinese residents is not balanced and not free.
A survey conducted by CASSTRC on 2552 practitioners across the country showed that 40.1% of respondents said “no paid annual leave” and 4.1% said “have paid annual leave, but can’t take a break”, 18.8% said “There are paid annual leave, you can take a break, but you can’t arrange it yourself,” and only 31.3% of respondents have paid annual leave, can take a break, and can arrange for themselves.
Since the paid annual leave system has not been effectively implemented for a long time, the time for people to take vacations and travel is highly concentrated on statutory holidays, especially the “National Day Holiday” and other long holidays.
In 2016, during the 29-day holiday, the national tourist reception accounted for about 32% of the annual domestic tourist reception, and tourism revenue accounted for 40% of the annual tourism revenue.This data shows the current situation of Chinese people are working at high load, working overtime for a long time and unable to fully relax their leisure arrangements.