It’s Golden week in China and…we’re HOME!!! Home in Canada that is!
Golden Week is the name given to a semi-annual 7-day national holiday.The other is “Chinese Lunar New Year ” either in January or February each year.
National Day… October 1st, 1949 was the memorial day for the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The PRC was not founded on that day, but on September 21st, 1949. The grand ceremony held at Tiananmen Square on October 1st, 1949 was to celebrate the forming of the Central People’s Government of the brand new country. Later on October 2nd, 1949, the new government passed the ‘Resolution on the National Day of the People’s Republic of China’ and declared October 1 to be the National Day. Ever since 1950, every October 1st has been grandly celebrated by Chinese people and as the kick off day to the Golden Week.
Three days of paid holiday are given, and the surrounding weekends are re-arranged so that workers in Chinese companies always have seven continuous days of holiday. These national holidays are primarily intended to help expand the domestic tourism market and improve the national standard of living, as well as allowing people to make long-distance family visits. The Golden Weeks are consequently periods of greatly heightened travel activity. Two places you just may NOT want to be this week is at Tianamen Square, Forbidden City or the Wall in Beijing. These places are among the top tourist spots this week and millions will visit!
Oct. 1st to 7th is the well-known “Golden Week” and we are traveling too!! Well we are home now! We traveled a little bit earlier in the week to avoid the crazy rush BUT we will return to China on October 7th so I am sure we will see just how busy the airport is!
So…to our China friends…Happy National Day and enjoy your Golden Week!