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This week was a national holiday in China, which means that millions of people spent the week traveling through the country. National holidays are notoriously crowded in China–it’s never a good idea to travel on the first or last day of a holiday because it’s nearly impossible to get a ticket. Major tourist attractions are also unbearably crowded. A few photos of the Great Wall are circulating on the web–the crowd is so large that people might feel claustrophobic just from viewing the photos.1billionvacationers

While I never experienced a crowd quite like those photos, I saw my fair share. After my first year, I made an attempt to either travel outside China or to less popular destinations within China during national holidays. During my first year, I took a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan Province for the May holiday and witnessed this crowd around Five-Color Lake. On the second day in the park, I was given advice on avoiding the crowds and was much happier.

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  2. I have seen a few pictures like this of crowds on the Great Wall and HuaShan etc. Why do they do it? It looks like such a bloody miserable time.

    I travelled to Yangshuo during a Golden Week years ago and it was just horrible. Thousands of people milling about on the street. The only place of sanctuary were the western-style bars and cafes as the Chinese didn’t want to go in them.

    I remember sitting with a friend, sitting in a cafe drinking a beer and gawping at hundreds of Chinese people walking by who in turn were all gawping at us.

    Worst holiday ever.

  3. China is a great place to visit but sometimes if you get stuck in the crowd than the whole day will be spoilt. Last thing you want to is to wait in cues for hours on end.

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