If you had to decide how best to implement a three day holiday out of a weekend (December 30th and 31st 2006) and a public holiday Monday (January 1st 2007), how would you do it?
Me, I'd think, "That's handy, the holiday is right next to the weekend so all I have to do is leave well alone".
Sadly like, er, almost everything in China, Nature is not being allowed to take its course. No wonder baiji never stood a chance.
Instead of working 5 days (Mon-Fri) this week, having the weekend and bank holiday off and working 4 days next week, the government has stipulated that the holiday is actually Jan 1st-3rd this year so most Chinese-Chinese companies (i.e. not ours) are working 7 days this week, including Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st, and then having Monday to Wednesday off next week.
It's completely mad. So, perfectly normal then.