Global Times, a national government run newspaper in China has written an article in support of adopting a four day work week, or more precisely a three day weekend, in China. Though not saying it should be an immediate transition, they would like to see it implemented in coming decades. To satisfy the conflict between the government five day work week and the desired three day weekend, the paper proposed an eight day calendar week.
Given the slow down in China’s growth rate, and the imagined difficulty of transitioning to a new calendar, this would have to take quite a long time to safely implement. The question of how this plan would benefit the worker, as opposed to shorter hours worked each day, is also not addressed.