Many people have the same mixed feelings when planning a trip during Golden Week. With heaps of time, the seven-day Chinese National Day holiday could be the best occasion to enjoy a destination. However, it can also be the easiest way to ruin how you feel about a place and you may become more fatigued after the holiday, due to battling the large crowds.
During peak season, a dream about a place can turn to nightmare without careful planning, especially if you travel with children and older people. As most Chinese people will take the holiday to visit domestic tourist destinations, crowds and busy traffic are inevitable at most places.
Also to be expected are increasing transport and accommodation prices, with the possibility that there will be no rooms available. It is also common that you’ ll wait in the line for one hour to get a ticket, and another two hours at the site, to only see a tiny bit of the place due to the crowds.
Last year, 428 million tourists traveled in China over the week-long holiday in October. Traveling during this period is a matter that needs thorough preparation. If you are short on time to plan the upcoming “Golden Week” it may not be a bad idea to avoid some of the most crowded places for now.
Here we listed the top 10 places in China with an overloaded history during peak season.
1.The Forbidden City
Last year, the Forbidden City logged 170,000 visitors on an average day during the October “Golden Week”, featuring tourists queuing outside the ticket office.
2. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum
The Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum is the burial site of Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), a great Chinese democratic revolutionary pioneer. It is situated at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin (Purple Mountain) in Nanjing, China.
Photo shows the scenery of Yongjin Bridge at West Lake in Hangzhou, east Chinas Zhejiang province. The West Lake is known for its tranquility and romance.
Photo shows the scenery of Jiuzhaigou Vally in Sichuan province. Last year, this World Heritage site famous for its natural scenery and forests failed to cope with a rush of 40,000 tourists, leaving more than 4,000 of them stranded in the valley without shuttles or other transportation untill late in the night.
5. Badaling Great Wall
Photo shows the scenery of Badaling Great Wall in Beijing. Golden Week sees the capital’s iconic attraction overloaded with tourists from home and abroad each year.
6.The Summer Palace
A total of 666,000 tourists visited the Summer Palace during the seven-day National Day holiday last year. Although there is no rubber duck this year, the Summer Palace will still be one of the hottest tourist spots.
Mount Taishan, with its main peak rising 1,545 meters above sea level, in central Shandong Province, has, since ancient times, been a mountain held in high esteem by the Chinese people. It is known as the “First of the Five Sacred Mountains”, all situated on the Central Plains of the country.
8. Tiananmen Square
Tourists crowd at Tiananmen Square during National Day in Beijing, China.
9.Fenghuang Ancient Town
Located on the western edge of Hunan Province next to Guizhou, Fenghuang Ancient Town, also known as Phoenix Ancient Town, is one of the most beautiful towns in China.
The small town often gets overloaded with tourists during Chinese public holidays.
10. The expressway
Expressways will open for free during the National Day holiday, which will add more pressure to the already heavily loaded roads.