If you are planning a trip to China and are a claustrophobic fussy traveler who does not like crowds and chaos, then there are some dates that should be avoided when venturing to the east. Here are the details to help you plan your trip.
CHINESE NEW YEAR (SOMETIME BETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH)
Whilst it is one of the best times of the year to experience authentic Chinese culture, Chinese New Year still is the most crowded and chaotic travel season in the world. All of China’s transportation modes (trains, flights, buses) are pushed to full capacity with most people heading out towards home. If you are planning to travel during this time, it’s best to plan for the first week of the Chinese New Year celebrations as most of the locals will stay home with their family during the celebrations. You can also find cheaper flight tickets during this time.
NATIONAL DAY HOLIDAY – GOLDEN WEEK (OCTOBER 1 – 7)
The Golden Week is the next busiest time to travel in China. Most of the locals travel to surrounding domestic cities on vacation. This usually causes extreme crowds and chaos everywhere. Public attractions are extremely crowded and waiting periods at restaurants can be extended to over an hour. Hotel and flight prices are increased drastically during this period as well.
LABOR DAY HOLIDAY (SOMETIME BETWEEN APRIL 28 – MAY 5)
The Labor Day holiday is another major travel period for China with higher flight and hotel prices. The holiday itself lasts for a majority of about three days but the tourist period will be prolonged for about 8 days. Expect extreme crowds at major attractions, high travel costs, long lines and extended waiting times as well as extremely busy public transportation.
Have you traveled to China during any of these dates? What was your experience?