We at Benjamin Kanarek Blog wish all of our Chinese friends a Happy National Day of the People’s Republic of China.
October 1st is the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and is celebrated as the National Holiday all over China. On this day back in 1949, the Chinese people, under the leadership of Communist Party of China, declared victory in War of Liberation. A grand ceremony was held at Tian’anmen Square. At the ceremony, Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Central People’s Government, solemnly declared the founding of P.R.C. and raised the first national flag of China in person. 300,000 soldiers and people gathered at the square for the grand parade and celebration procession.
The Golden Week
In recent years, the Chinese Government extended the National Day Holiday to one week’s time, which was called the Golden Week. It is intended to help expand the domestic tourism market and allow people time to make long-distance family visits. This is a period of greatly heightened travel activity. The other Golden Week is the Chinese New Year.
Traveling during National Holidays
With a week off, many Chinese travel domestically and internationally. Travel fares double and triple and advance bookings must be made weeks, even months ahead for international travel. Hoards of tour groups flock to the Major Tourist Destinations of China, so you can forget having a quite moment to ponder how the Great Wall was built.
If you can avoid it, it’s advisable not to travel domestically during the week around October 1st. The latest statistics released publicly are from 2000 but according to these, 59.82 million people traveled during National Day holidays that year. Over two-thirds of all hotel beds were booked in major tourist destinations such as Beijing and Shanghai. However, if you are in China, you’ll find the weather is usually very nice, and after October 1, almost everything from shops and restaurants to the post office will be open for business.