(Yicai Global) July 19 -- The average daily work and leisure time for Beijing residents has fallen by 27 and 50 minutes, respectively, compared with two decades ago, while sleep time has increased by 43 minutes, research from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) shows.
The findings are part of the 2016-2017 Report on China's Leisure Development, published today by the National Academy of Economic Strategy, the Tourism Research Center (both affiliated with the CASS), and the Social Sciences Academic Press (China).
The report analyzes changes in the lifestyle of people in Beijing over the past 20 years by examining their allocation of time for different life-related activities in 2016, 1996 and other years.
In 1996, Beijing residents spent 27 percent of their time at work, 7.8 percent completing housework, 21 percent on leisure activities and 44.2 percent on basic personal life activities.
In 2016, these figures had changed to 25.1 percent at work, 7.4 percent doing housework, 17.6 percent on leisure activities and 49.9 percent on basic life activities, 82 minutes higher than twenty years earlier.
Although average weekly leisure time has declined, leisure time related to holidays has increased, the report added. Residents are taking more and more holidays each year after the introduction of the paid leave system and the reform of the national holiday system.