China National Day and Golden Week 2022
On October 1, China celebrates its 73rd National Day, commemorating the founding of the People's Republic of China. National Day also marks the beginning of the week-long holiday known as Golden Week (黄金周, huang jin zhou) from October 1 to October 7. This is when most businesses close, and many take the chance to travel and return to their hometown (if local COVID-19 regulations allow). Do expect some delays if you plan to relocate or travel to China during this time, as vendors will not be as responsive as usual during this period.
The History of China's Independence Day
On October 1, 1949, the official victory ceremony celebrating the inauguration of the People's Republic of China was held at Tian'anmen Square, now a monument in the city center of Beijing, China's capital. Mao Zedong, the first chairman of the People's Republic of China, raised the first Communist national flag of China in person among 300,000 soldiers and citizens gathered at the Square. On the following day, the new government passed the "Resolution on the National Day of the People's Republic of China" and declared October 1 to be China National Day.
China National Day Celebration
Since the inaugural ceremony, the long-standing tradition is to start the National Day celebrations with a special flag-raising ceremony at Tian’anmen Square. The Square will be decorated with flags and portraits, and uniformed troops will march out to start the flag-raising ceremony at sunrise. Every five years, the grand military reviews will be held at the Square, attracting many to watch from home and abroad. Huge parades organized by Chinese citizens usually follow the military reviews to continue the celebrations.
China National Day is celebrated throughout the Chinese Mainland, as well as Hong Kong and Macau, with various activities such as fireworks and light shows.
Impact On Relocation
China is gradually relaxing its border restrictions, and inbound traveling is resuming. However, mandatory quarantine is still required upon arrival, and intercity travel is restricted in some cities as the country continues to curb the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, keeping abreast of the latest border and immigration requirements and preparing for changes at short notice is recommended.
Most offices and embassies are closed during the week-long holiday while malls remain open. If you are relocating during this period, do expect delays in immigration applications, housing searches, and household goods shipments. Additionally, there will be limited flights due to heavy traffic. Thus, assignees should plan ahead to alleviate the impact of potential delays.
Traveling During Golden Week
If you currently reside in China and plan to travel to other cities within China, check your destination's health and safety rules. It is a requirement for foreign nationals to have the necessary documents when traveling, including an ID card, passport, and green health code.
As this is one of the busiest travel periods within China, here are some tips to help you plan for your travels:
- Try to avoid traveling to popular places during this period.
- Book tourist attractions early to avoid disappointment.
- Book hotels, flights, and train tickets early as they are limited.
- Reach out to agencies early to make the necessary arrangements—accommodations and flights are significantly pricier, especially to popular cities during this time.
- Check the destination’s health and safety rules before traveling, and bring items such as masks, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers, and mosquito repellents. Travelers must follow the respective destination's regulations for public transportation and scenic spots.
Cartus wishes you and your family a happy National Day!
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