National Day Celebrations/Activities
In recent years, the National Day holidays were extended to one week. It is like the US 4th of July holidays, but it is much longer.
The National Day Flag Raising Ceremony
Tian’anmen Square: On October 1, there is a special flag raising ceremony. The square is decorated festively with flags and portraits. Exactly at sunrise, uniformed troops march out to start the flag raising ceremony.
To watch it, you'll need to get there at least about 10 minutes before then. The entire ceremony lasts only 3 minutes. Sometimes crowds of thousands are there on October 1, but sometimes in bad weather, only a small crowd gathers.
To get into the plaza, you have to go through a security check. Your baggage will be checked, and it is best to bring little with you.
Other National Day Vacation Activities
Firework showFirework show
The government also sponsors firework displays and light shows in the city.
Retail/tourism on overdrive: It's called the golden week as it's shops/sights biggest profit-bringing week of the year.
Other sectors closed: Government offices close, China's embassies might be closed, and companies, factories, and restaurants might close for at least a day or two.
R&R: Chinese like to take it easy during the holidays, go traveling, eat well, and give gifts, and many try to visit back home.
Tips on How To Travel in China in Golden Week
Avoid traveling to popular places during this period (strong recommendation).
Book tourist attractions early: If you do decide to see the top sights, they'll be fully-packed/over-crowded.
Book hotels/flights/trains early: Accommodation and flights are significantly costlier, especially in popular places. Booking is difficult, but we can help and even find discounts.
Transportation: very crowded in popular areas.