National Day Golden Week Holiday Crowds Throughout China

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

From Sina:

“Seas of people” throughout China during the National Day holiday

October 3rd, large numbers of tourists visiting the Great Wall at Badaling. According to statistics, by 3pm on October 2nd, Badaling had received 64,500 visitors, 15.6% more than the previous year. Reported by China News Agency, photographed by Liu Debin. [click to enlarge]

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

October 3rd, waves of tourists at the Duan Gate of the Imperial Palace. On October 2nd, the number of visitors to the Imperial Palace on a single day broke 127,800, This broke the previously announced regulation that the “number of visitors to the Imperial Palace during this year’s October 1st National Day Golden Week has been set at 80,000 per day.”

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

October 1st, the first day of the National Day “Golden Week”, the flow of passengers at the Anhui Chuzhou Bus Station suddenly increased, temporarily becoming a “blowout” situation. In order to ensure the security and order of passengers’ holiday travel, the station launched an emergency plan for passenger transport by adding extra ticket windows and vehicles, strictly prohibiting the overloading of passengers, and prolonging work hours with the number of passengers the station served in a day reaching 30,000 passengers.

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

October 2nd, the second day of the National Day Golden Week extended holiday, cold wind blew and light rain fell intermittently in the Wuhan metropolitan area but still failed to stopp citizens from visiting “Chuhehanjie” to get a glimpse of its sights.

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

October 3rd, visitors at the North Gate of the Imperial Palace Museum. By October 2nd, the number of visitors to the Imperial Palace had already broke 127,800. According to previously publicized information, the policy of the Imperial Palace only accepting 80,000 visitors per day during the October 1st National Day Golden Week had been broken. Reporting by China News Agency, photograph by Zhang Hao.

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

October 3rd, domestic and foreign tourists came to Tiananmen Square of Beijing and other places of interest around it, together enjoying the happiness brought about by National Day. Reported by China News Agency, photographed by Chen Xiaogen.

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

October 1st, legions of tourists visiting the Shandong Qingdao Qianqiao Scenic Area. Reported by China News Agency, photographed by Huang Jiexian.

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

October 3rd, waves of visitors at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Reported by China News Agency, photographed by Chen Xiaogen.

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

October 1st, Nanjing Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum Scenic Area saw throngs of tourists. Reported by China News Agency, photographed by A Dong.

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

Beijing’s Wangfujing Food Alley offers delicacies from Beijing and various other places throughout China. During the National Day Golden Week extended holiday, domestic and foreign tourists rushed to have a taste of all kinds of traditional delicacies. Reported by China News Agency, photographed by Chen Xiaogen.

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

October 3rd, waves of tourists at the Duan Gate of the Imperial Palace. On October 2nd, the number of visitors to the Imperial Palace on a single day broke 127,800, This broke the previously announced regulation that the “number of visitors to the Imperial Palace during this year’s October 1st National Day Golden Week has been set at 80,000 per day. Reported by China News Agency, photographed by Chen Xiaogen.”

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

October 1st, in the Scenic Area of Jiangsu Nanjing Fuzimiao Temple, visitors came in an endless stream. As the long holiday began, China’s various well-known tourist spots welcomed large amounts of tourists and visitors.

Crowds of visitors at major tourist sites during China's National Day holiday.

On October 3rd, Beijing Tiananmen Square witnessed legions of visitors. Reported by China News Agency, photographed by Chen Xiaogen.

Comments from QQ:

新浪网友 宏亿螺丝:

Why can China always be called a major Eastern/Oriental country? Other than the vast areas of land, the large number of people is also one of the most important factors. Hoping that the future China’s greatness in the world will no longer have anything to do with population.

Haha, don’t we Chinese love such liveliness? Only with this liveliness can we have a holiday atomsphere!

新浪网友:

Use flesh and blood to cast a New Great Wall.

新浪网友 离线下载:

We must remain steadfast to the basic national policy of family planning!

新浪网友:

Human population needs to be reduced by half.

新浪网友:

Us Chinese people simply are numerous. C’mon, isn’t this way too crowded?

新浪网友 3210021989fh:

During the National Day holiday, come to The Great Wall to see the sea, the sea of people!

新浪网友:

With this many tourists and no limiting of them, I’m truly afraid that these ancient walls won’t collapse because of thousands of years of wind and rain but because of being trampled by us modern people.

新浪网友:

Is this to go sightseeing or rushing to the farmer’s market? Faint

新浪网友 yuzhongjian:

All I want to say is: Could you afford collapsing the Great Wall?

新浪网友:

Money, like these streams of people, once again flows into the pockets of the minority [government officials and businessmen].

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  • http://chinageeks.org ChinaGeeks

    ANd THIS is why you NEVER travel on Chinese holidays.

    • Just John

      Because no sofas are available?

      • Tengu

        Home collating and archiving “coala banana’s” posts?

        • Just John

          You know, I actually thought about copying all of his posts into a word document to do a quick word count, just to see how much he said in the week or so he was here.

          Sadly, I gave up on the idea when I realized I just don’t actually care enough to figure it out…

          • Tengu

            Sadly, I thought the same thing, I was intrigued, interested and ready to see what his total output was…for about 30 seconds, but I have an attention span like the dog “Dug” in “Up”…..”Squirrel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

      • http://www.wirthconsulting.org Theodore Wirth

        Speaking of sofas, Mayor Bloomberg (NYC) has an infamous sofa that costs $1,000,000. Can any of your world-class corrupt local politicans top that one?

        Not to worry, we here in New Jersey USA have world-class corrupt policitians at every level (all the way to Governer) as well.

  • nn

    Best time to stay at home and watch TV

    • whododat

      That’s the Canadian way.

      Nobody on the streets, unlucky people walking on the street can get shot dead by cannot shoot straight black gunmen or worst by an off duty cop.

    • http://laowaiink.weebly.com Mark

      Just not Chinese TV. Being crushed to death in a tourist mob is far more desirable than hours of soul-withering Chinese television.

      • Koji Kabuto

        that’s because you don’t speak chinese.

        • http://laowaiink.weebly.com Mark

          I do speak Chinese.

          The reason why I don’t like Chinese TV is because it’s flat-out terrible. IMHO.

        • http://candosino.wordpress.com terroir

          Winning against those dastardly WWII-Japanese and time travelling “liberated modern” chick dramas aside, those Russian action-flicks and half-a-year-old Stanley Cup playoffs reruns don’t make for good boob tubin.

          • Tengu

            But when the Bruins win…it’s ageless…!

        • http://chinageeks.org ChinaGeeks

          Speaking Chinese will not save you. Frankly, I like Chinese TV less now than I did when I couldn’t understand what they were saying.

          • TAKE5

            That is what I am afraid of.

  • lonetrey

    I’ve always wondered what it drives people to push themselves to go in big crowds… Guess i’m just claustrophobic when there are that many people.

    • Hongjian

      Chinese people just like the feeling to take a bath within the masses. Makes them feel secure and at home.

      I give China another 30 years until it becomes something like Japan, with all these masses becoming anti-social shut-ins and autists and losing their sociable Chinese ways.

      • whododat

        Taking a bath within the masses, you mean taking the TTC bus or subway on any day of the week in a big city in Canada.

        Try it, you don’t need to experience this once a year in China, you can have it every day in Canada.

        And about Japan, they are broke, no money for retirement, not a false pride people any more and whites do not care because black Obama’s Amerika don’t care.

        • Foreign Devil

          Whododat. .. I wonder if you’ve ever been in China before .. You simply can’t compare those crowds to Toronto. .. . After Beijing Toronto felt like a sparsely populated little provincial town.

          • Tengu

            From the way the Canadians post Evidently Montreal is a the most unsafe place on earth an Toronto is the most densely populated.

            @Whododat
            Populations – Toronto, 2.5 mil., Beijing, 20 mil.

            No comparison…not even close, you’ve definitely never been there, you have no idea!

            Awesome sushi in Toronto, great city!

  • dim mak

    >stay home
    >play starcraft
    >feelsgoodman

    • GodsHammer

      Amen to that. (replace starcraft with GranTurismo.

    • Irvin

      SC is losing it’s grip on me, wish diablo 3 would come out soon.

    • Nyancat

      Seems most of us have the same plans…coincidence? :P

    • http://candosino.wordpress.com terroir

      Well, if Chinese had to be one of the three races of Starcraft, which strategy of the races would they use?
      a) slow methodical Siege Tank encroachment
      b) tactical surgical sorties a la the Protoss
      c) Zerg rush

      Yes. One more divide between China and their hated nemesis, the nation of e-athletes, Korea (RoK).

      • dim mak

        I like slow bunker-tank push with raven defensive support ^^

      • moleitau

        After watching the Korean epic Taegukgi: Brotherhood of War and seeing throngs of Chinese push back the Allied and Republic of Korea forces from the Yalu, I would say that the Chinese’s strategy best matches that of the Zerg rush. Even though the PLA has modernized into a professional standing army, I still think they will resort to Zerg rush tactics.

  • Andeli

    “With this many tourists and no limiting of them, I’m truly afraid that these ancient walls won’t collapse because of thousands of years of wind and rain but because of being trampled by us modern people.”

    Wonder if this one knows that the Badaling section is from the 1980s. Not really our ancient structure kinda time line 1983 to 2011.

    • Brock

      Exactly, that person’s clearly overestimating the age of the Great Wall of China in the tourist sections. The only bits that are truly thousands of years old are some muddy bits.

  • TheTravellingMan

    imagine the noise, the warmth from the bodies pressed up on you, the spitting sounds, the smell of hundreds of people with severe halitosis, the pushing, jostling, the lines at anywhere to eat, the price gouging.

    Chinese people really have a strange idea of fun…

    • whododat

      Fun is a nice clean swimming pool in Florida with a few bus loads of blacks in the pool playing with themselves and each other and if you are really lucky a few white bitches are topless in front of your face.

      That is what fun is all about for the whites in the good old USA.

      • Dane

        …uh…

        …wait, wut?

        • Tengu

          So his contention is there are hotels in Florida where the brothers sit around tugging tools near a bunch of topless women.

          I think he needs to upgrade his choice of accommodations.

          Is this the same USA I live in?

  • Tengu

    I hope it’s not the first trip to China for the bald white guy and the blond in the last photo.

    “Holy shit, there ARE billions of them.”

    Someone needs to give that boy a holiday calendar.

    • Brett Hunan

      They sure picked a shitty place to visit, huh?

      You’re right though, for anyone who vacations in China and coincedently chooses National Week, they must think exactly what you said.

      • Tengu

        Poor bastards, and they’ll never go again, all freaked out.

        Winter and dead hot summer are the best times for me, weather doesn’t bother me…low on tourists and the only “tourists” are Chinese…going “off season”.

        First time I ever stood on the Great Wall was early one Christmas morning long time ago…different experience than this one here.

  • Paul

    There should be 2 weeks of holiday, where one half the country takes the first week, and the other half the second week.

  • Sfets

    A sea of people! Chinese love to swim! Be careful not to drown!

    • Somethin Somethin

      I’ve been saying this for four years and it doesn’t get any less true every year.

  • whododat

    These Chinese peasants have no idea of good travel or having a fun vacation.

    They should try going to cocoa beach and enjoy the empty nice hot beach, there is nothing to do there and nothing to see but the big empty ocean of blue sea and a few black people sun tanning on the hot sand and swimming in the pool.

    Why go somewhere that people want to go to?

    Go where nobody wants to go and enjoy the freedom.

    • Irvin

      I concur, I went on a vacation once during the national holiday and it was one of the most horrible experience in my life.

      Can’t get taxi, needs 2 hour to walk one block, inflated hotel prices…you can’t even get a table at a restaurant. So now I NEVER take vacation on national holidays.

      Local chinese have a very different idea of what vacation should be, for me it should be relaxing and inspiring. But the people here just want to be in a crowd and push each other which they can already do in a bar.

      • Brett Hunan

        I did 2 National Day vacations a few years back…. You see, the worst places to visit on National day are the well-known and easier to get to spots. If you head to the countryside, the mountains, the desert, or remote lakes it is quite easy and cheap to travel.

        I went to Hunan, Yunnan, and Sichuan the first year, and Tibet and Xinjiang the second year. Just go to the places where Chinese don’t want to go.

    • DRaY

      @whododat
      What do you have against the Bleks? Enough already…. Did one of em fuck your mum up the bum?

  • riann

    they should try try jumping together

  • http://Www.wirthconsulting.org Theodore Wirth

    I love this post. The photos inspired both awe and fascination. Visiting China in order to soak up as much culture and knowledge as possible is #1 on my “bucket list” (things to do before I kick the bucket).

    • http://candosino.wordpress.com terroir

      They have people waiting at the airport for people like you.

  • http://chinashmina.com Augis

    Traveling to any tourist traps in China is a waste of time and money.
    You just squeeze in the crowd and wait for your turn to take a picture at the next scenery spot.

  • http://www.wirthconsulting.org Theodore Wirth

    “There’s people at the airport just waiting for you.”

    True. However, you can be sure that there are “borderline” people waiting for you to fly into EWR or JFK. There isn’t even the possibility of a reception by a gracious host because there are none. You may even be greeted by a handgun in the parking lot if you ate not paying rapt attention. Sure, come to NY, empty your wallet in the termimal and fly home. That is is the premise of a trip to America. You are totally on your own to explore a newbie cultural phenom that is about 4,700 years younger than China. We have no Great Wall, we have Hoover Dam, a total waste as it encouraged people to live in the middle of the desert at the expense of others up and downstream. That and world wars are our legacy. Come visit the handgun country where there are more guns than citizens. All this considered, how can you judge me for wanting to widen my perspective and gain knowledge with a visit to the great civilization that is.

    • http://candosino.wordpress.com terroir

      Have you been to a BBQ lately? With beef? Maybe it’ll cheer you up more than a trip to China.

  • http://www.wirthconsulting.org Theodore Wirth

    “Tourist traps” yes. Crowded, yes. OK folks, I said that I wanted to visit China before I die. Several posts hinted uthat I am a naive Yankee. I am not naive enough to visit during the national holiday. I loved the pictures but that doesn’t necessarily mean I want to be in the crowds. A real tourist trap (they feel compelled to visit in spite of the lack of cultural signifiance) is the Disney store in Times Square. It is insulting to me that anybody would infer that the great wall and imperial palaces are tourist traps.

    • moop

      grow the fuck up girly mouth. they are tourist traps. you are either not american or have romanticized this cesspool of a country far too much

      • Somethin Somethin

        Give the kid a break. He’s like a red shirt from Star Trek. He deflects the bags, watch, clothes, guys and frees up an extra seat at the decent bars because his tour director decided to show him his cousins authentic silk factory/tea farm/handicrafts school/tea house/KTV/hotel. He’ll drop his 2000 dollars US play money and be back on a plane with a case of the crabs before he knows it filing for divorce on the wifi port at Narita wearing one of those goofy hats with the pigtail attached while humming tian mi mi and snacking on a couple deep fried endangered species

  • http://www.facebook.com/kedafu Kedafu

    Happy Chinese Nationalism Day

    …10 days later….

    Although I am on holiday
    somewhere deep in BC, Canada, Earth

    Always time for…..

    Song of the Article

    30 years
    -by the Shanren “Mountain men”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Nh4fM4_xns

    am back home in China in 11 days

    all you fakers-smackers can run the jukebox until then…..

    wumaodang!

    • King Tubby

      Happy trails, Comrade K.

  • Foreign Devil

    Been there done that . . will NEVER go outside my apartment during Chinese holiday again if I am in CHina.

    I spent the Chinese National Day windsurfing on the lake here. . . and enjoying the autumn colours or our Indian Summer. . with only the occasional motor boat passing in the distance. I just could not have the same lifestyle in China. . so I had to come back home.

    • http://unblockfacebookinchina.com/vpn-in-china Rod

      It’s funny how anyone who’s ever naively traveled in China on a Chinese holiday always says they’ll NEVER do it again.

      The first year here I spent a 12 hour train ride standing in the smoking section of the train from Sichuan to Guangdong because there were no seats and I had to get back to work.

      Never Again.

      • Andy

        Some of us don’t have a choice. So far I’ve ONLY traveled around China during the October and May holiday weeks, since that’s when I’m on vacation. In fact, I just got back this morning, and yes I’m willing to do it again in the future, it’s not so bad once you get used to it.

  • Baas Babelaas

    I did the smart thing methinks – left China for Taiwan for the “holiday”.

    What a pleasure!

  • Cleo

    And the World salivates at the thought of the Chinese tourist market.

    • http://candosino.wordpress.com terroir

      And Chinese tourists salivate to excess even when they’re not travelling.

  • http://www.wirthconsulting.org Theodore Wirth

    Terror,

    No doubt I need BBQ beef laced with hormones. I am worried that my estrogen levels (my man boobs are shrinking) and cholesterol levels have dropped and my blood sugar has gone down ever since I began avoiding such foods. That said, I think I need to go to China in order to find worse things to ingest. Melanine milk and gutter oil is a good place to start.

    Now do you still think that I “may not be American” (although I am ashamed of the actions of my country on the world stage)? The Chinese are not out there bombing and killing and droning and assassinating people all over the globe. At least you do a majority of you dirty deeds in your own geographic area.

    • http://candosino.wordpress.com terroir

      I’d say your English is pretty good for a troller, but it isn’t “Wirth” it.

  • Capt. WED

    Did you know you can visit meridian gate with no one around? You can do this like in the middle of the night. It’s actually open to cars, you get there from one of the side gates I don’t know what it’s called. You can walk all the way up to the closed the gate and peer into it, it’s fucking crazy as fuck!

    • Capt. WED

      Just make sure you buy some drugs from Tengu for a truly fucked up experience.

      • Capt. WED

        and I double dare you to go up the flag guard quarters and start fucking with them.

      • Tengu

        We planning on a Road trip? We’ll take Hooots van…

      • Tengu

        @Capt Wed.
        There are two sides to everything you know…you grossly misinterpreted my familiarity about a subject…but that’s always best, works out better for me.

  • DRaY

    China just needs more interesting venues… seems like everyone goes to the same places… More than 3 times the population of America, but 10 times less the things to do= FAIL.
    And stop hating on Chinese ppl.. you guys sound like haters, trying to feel good about your shitty little lives, by shitting on China. ………….Go Fuck a Goat!!!!

    I played Gears of War3 all week and had a few house parties and did some freelance… Very relaxing 7 day holiday!!!!!

    • Peter in China

      I agree. There are a lot of China bashers here would are probably loser English teachers at best and basement living shut ins at worst.

  • Justin

    There are lots of places in China you can go to that are beautiful and not really crowded during the big holidays. I went to Changyang in Hubei for my friend’s wedding. it’s gorgeous and quiet. Just go out and enjoy scenery, fresh air, good food, peace and quiet and cheap massages.

    Also in Beijing, you can go to some place like Gubeikou village, which is near some of the most pristine and secluded parts of the Great Wall.

  • http://www.wirthconsulting.org Theodore Wirth

    Terrior,

    Check out our web site and you will find that I am indeed a white American devil who is not a troll. I just happen to be a ardent student of history who is fascinated by something that we were never exposed to as American students. Our educational agenda barely even mentioned China and read like we still are terrified of the nameless, faceless, countryless, pinko commies. When I see and read about what has taken place and all the history that I’ve yet to learn about China, it makes me want to go there to experience it first hand. Call me whatever you like but I suspect that most people in China would love to come to the US to see something (I don’t know what we have that is more spectacular than what is in China–maybe the Grand Canyon?).

    It is a shame Terrior, we could be excellent old-fashioned pen pals–especially if you are Chinese.

    BTW, at 59 years old, I am a little sick of the Wirth jokes. However, I think I turned the page on that when I named my company! Peace.

    • Tengu

      For what it’s “wirth” (sorry, I couldn’t resist) if you have your own company, figure out a way, get on a plane and spend a month there, even a week in Beijing, just do it. Use CTRIP to fly locally, you can get anywhere, take the train, hire a driver.

      You’ll never regret it, be the experience of a life time and your man boobs will be back in no time.

      Great Wall, Forbidden City, Mausoleum in Xi’an, sure in one sense they are by definition tourist traps, but fuck everyone, just go.

      One man’s tourist trap is another’s “destination”

      You like the culture go at the Lama Temple, Temple of Heaven.

      Go to Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, see the Rice Terraces…million places to go, things to see, don’t listen to anyone trying to discourage you.

      The more you travel , the better your life will be. once you get on the road, you’ll never want to come back, it’s OK to live out of a bag.

      Just don’t sit around thinking you’ll do it ….tomorrow…it has a way of rushing up on you.

      • mankouzanghua

        great post. what he finds when he gets to china might be nothing like he expected, but it may just interest him the same.

        • Tengu

          Nowhere is ever what you expect, that’s the good part about it.

    • Tengu

      T.W.

      Remember it was the Cold War then. Schools kept everyone in the dark, we were ready to jump under out wooden desks to save ourselves from the nuclear blast. All sides demonized the other.

      I was fortunate, my mother worked for the State Dept. spoke 6 languages (that we know of) and was all over the world, this at a time when women were “June Cleaver”. We had people from all over the world staying with us and we in turn did a lot of travelling…prop planes. Lot of people escaping the Soviet Bloc so a lot of Eastern Europeans lived with us, but her best friends were three Chinese guys, knew them since I was a little boy. Go figure.

      I have the family passports framed in my office…

      Get forth young man, go forth…

      We’re still not really sure what she did, runs in the family.

    • http://candosino.wordpress.com terroir

      Dude,

      a) I think you need a few rounds of “ewe-es-say!” to cheer you up; I think it’s the version of the national anthem sung before pro rasslin’ matches
      b) I also think as you seem disillusioned that China is the last place you should go. But hey, take the “employee” and head on over; I won’t be at the airport to greet you, but there will be others to 欢迎光临 you

      • Tengu

        You still picking me up at the airport in November?

        You’re always late…

  • Ray

    If a swimming pool can be so packed on regular days, I don’t see why not the tourist attractions on a holiday.

  • http://www.wirthconsulting.org Theodore Wirth

    Finally! A few open minded supporters with excellent recommendations.

    Yes, I own my own company and the other employee is my wife. We are responsible for everything you see on our Web site. We both got laid off from our salaried jobs via email, the Monday following the first Bush bank bailouts bin October of 2008. We were escorted by security out of the building in full view of numerous other people. No chance to save face–the company was owned by Gladstone Capital–BANKSTERS!!

    It was the worst time in US history to start a business, especially with zero financial backing. At one point, we were drinking water, eating pancakes and bread with peanut butter for our protein. Thankfully, business is slowly picking up with the improving business economy but it will be a long time until I can afford to travel anywhere.

    Thanks for a great forum here where we dreamers can swap stories with others around the globe!

  • rollin wit 9’s

    At the bank before 9:30 and still needed to wait an hour. So I got up, went to McD’s sat down and ate there and went back to the bank.
    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Chn people need to stop fcking for several years!

  • Ted

    A little bubonic plague would do wonders for China.

  • Cyrus Howell

    Looks like a Shanghai department store on a Saturday morning.

    People have more money to travel and plan trips and do things with the family. October first is always a good time. Nice to have a car or van or SUV now to get places. I always carried a very small, light little camp stool to airports and railway stations.
    Much more comfort able than a suitcase. I have never ridden a bus in China.

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