Double Happiness as China Celebrates National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival
China celebrates two major holidays, National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival, on 1 October and marks the beginning of the week-long holiday known as Golden Week (黄金周, huang jin zhou).
Golden Week lasts eight days in mainland China, from 1-8 October, while it is two days in Macau and one day in Hong Kong. Although there is no major celebration this year due to the pandemic, most offices will be closed, and there will be high travel volume within China and across cities; delays are to be expected in international assignees’ travel plans and relocation.
While most borders remain closed or restricted, holiday-makers can still travel to select cities within Mainland China and Macao China while observing mandated health and safety measures.
Tourist destinations within Mainland China have gradually opened, and tourists can visit popular scenic attractions in many cities/provinces for free, such as Hubei Province, Xi'an, Qingdao, Xinjiang Altay area, and Kanas area.
Tourists from designated cities can also visit Macao, another popular destination. Currently, there are 49 Mainland cities whose residents have been approved by the State Council to visit Macau. These include: Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Taizhou, Shenyang, Dalian, Jinan, Chengdu, Nanchang, Changsha, Nanning, Haikou, Guiyang, Kunming, Shijiazhuang, the entire province of Changchun, Hefei, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, and Guangdong.
Travelers are advised to check with the relevant authorities for travel visa applications before travelling. They are also required to adhere to the health and safety rules of the destination city and bring items such as masks, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitisers, and mosquito repellents. Travelers are required to follow the respective destination’s regulations for public transportation and scenic spots and to avoid contact with wild animals.
Impact to Relocation
During the festive period from 1–8 October, many offices will be closed. If you are relocating during this period, do expect delays in immigration applications, housing searches, and shipment of household goods; additionally, there will be limited flights.
Property viewings are allowed in-person—with prior arrangements/appointments and accompanied by agents/field consultants—during the holidays. Visitors must show their Health Kit Record and register their personal information, including passport/ID number and local contact number, before entering all buildings and public areas during the house viewing.
Cartus wishes you and your family a happy holiday!
Should you or your assignees have any questions regarding relocation to China during this period, please contact your Cartus representative or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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