Because of the Chinese National Holiday, delays in the processing of certification applications have to be expected from October 1st to October 7th. This should be taken into consideration when planning projects.
While Germany only celebrates its Day of German Unity on one day, the 3rd of October, employees in China can look forward to the “Golden Week” as every year. That is how the founding of the People’s Republic of China on the 1st of October 1949 is celebrated. But unlike in Germany, for most people in China all work is put down for a whole week.
Actually by law there are only three additional days of holiday (also if the 1st of October falls on the weekend), but most employers add two more days to that, so workers can enjoy a whole week of holidays (until the 7th of October). But the work for those additional two days has to be made up for, either before or after the holidays.
Because it is a legal holiday, the authorities also lay down their work during this time and long delays have to be expected in the handling of applications. This partially already shows before the beginning of the holidays, since some employees combine this time with their personal holidays, but especially after the end of the “Golden Week”, further delays have to be expected.
This handling of public holidays was implemented in 1999 to promote tourism, raise the general standard of living and facilitate long-distance visits of relatives, as can also be seen every year in connection with the Spring Festival. With good reason this is said to be the largest migration of peoples in the world, since more than 500 million Chinese use this to travel.
So if during this time everything seems to rest: Don’t worry, in the following week the workers will reappear with new energy. For applicants this is still always a test of patience.