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Longse: Happy Chinese National Day
Chinese National Day
★Chinese National Day is celebrated on October 1st every year to commemorate the founding of People’s Republic of China. On that day, lots of
large-scaled activities are held nationwide. Besides, 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.
Note: The holiday dates are Oct. 1st to 7th 2016, while we will be on duty on Oct. 8th (Sat) and 9th (Sun).
★October 1st 1949 was the memorial day for the founding of the People’s Republic of China. One thing should be noted is that the PRC was
not founded on that day. Actually the Chinese independence day was September 21st 1949. The grand ceremony held at Tiananmen Square
onOctober 1st 1949 was to celebrate the forming of the Central People's Government of the brand new country. Later on October 2nd 1949,
thenew government passed the ‘Resolution on the National Day of the People's Republic of China’ and declared October 1 to be the Chinese
NationalDay. Ever since 1950, every October 1st has been grandly celebrated by Chinese people.
★Military Review & Parade at Tiananmen Square
Altogether 14 military reviews have been held on October 1st since 1949. The most representative and influential ones include the military reviews
on the founding ceremony, the 5th anniversary, 10th anniversary, 35th anniversary, 50th anniversary and 60th anniversary. Those impressive
military reviews have attracted 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
★The legal holiday for Chinese National Day is currently 3 days in mainland China, 2 days in Macau and 1 day in Hong Kong. In mainland, the 3-day
is usually connected with the weekends ahead and after, hence people can enjoy a 7-day holiday from Oct. 1st to 7th, which is the well-known “Golden Week”. This is the longest public holiday in China besides the Chinese New Year. Falling in the autumn generally with clear weather and comfortable temperature, the holiday is a popular period for travel.
★During the Golden Week, lots of Chinese go traveling. It leads to a sea of people at attraction sites; train tickets difficult to get; flight tickets cost
more than usual; and hotel rooms in short supply…
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”.
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”.
3. Avoid hot destinations.
4. Book flight / train tickets and hotel rooms in advance. There may be more discounts for flight tickets if one books earlier. For trains in China,
the tickets are available 60 days prior to departure.
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