Happy Birthday! China!

The National Day of the Peoples Republic of China is a public holiday in the Peoples Republic of China to celebrate the national day, and it is celebrated annually on October 1. On that day, lots of large-scaled activities are held nationwide. The 7-day holiday from Oct. 1st to 7th is called “Golden Week”, during which more and more Chinese people go traveling around the country.

Origin

The PRC was founded on September 21, 1949, with a ceremony celebrating the forming of the Central Peoples Government taking place in Tiananmen Square on October 1 that year. The Central Peoples Government passed the Resolution on the National Day of the Peoples Republic of China on December 2, 1949, and declared that October 1 is the National Day.

Customs

The National Day is celebrated throughout China with a variety of government-organized festivities, including fireworks and concerts. Public places, such as Tiananmen Square in Beijing, are decorated in a festive theme. Portraits of revered leaders are publicly displayed. Besides, there are impressive military reviews attracting people from both home and abroad to watch. Following the military reviews are usually huge parades by common people to express their patriotic feelings. The Military Review & Parade is now held in a small scale every 5 years and in a large scale every 10 years.

Travel Tips

During the Golden Week, lots of Chinese go traveling. It leads to a sea of people at attraction sites. To make your travel in China easier and more comfortable, here are some tips for reference:
(1) If possible, avoid traveling during the “Golden Week”. One can make it just before or after the “crowding period”. During those time periods, there are usually fewer tourists, the cost is comparatively lower, and the visit is more satisfying.
(2) If one really needs to travel during the Chinese National Day holiday, try to avoid the first two days and the last day of the “Golden Week”. Because they are the busiest time for the transportation system when the flight tickets are highest and train and long-distance bus tickets are hardest to buy. Also, the first two days are usually the most crowded at the attraction sites, especially the famous ones.
(3) Avoid hot destinations. These places are always crowded with visitors during the “Golden Week”. Choose some not so famous tourism cities and attractions, where there are fewer visitors and one can enjoy the scene more leisurely.

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