Don’t know where to go during the upcoming Golden Week? Here are tips for a different kind of holiday
With the approaching Golden Week (October 1 to October 7), many travelers in China cannot wait to plan for their upcoming holiday adventure. According to a Beijing Morning Post report, this Golden Week expects 11,680,000 passengers to take the train from
Beijing’s three railway stations. Due to the toll-free highway rule, the first three days of the holiday expect a peak period of travelers and traffic jams on the main roads in and out of Beijing. Tired of the crowded tourist attractions and endless queues? The following tips will give you a different travel experience this year. Follow us if you want to be the coolest traveler!
A scenic route through history
If you have a passion for ancient Chinese culture, don’t miss the wonderful view of the Jiaohe Ruins in Turpan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwestern China. This section of the ancient Silk Road holds the world’s oldest and most well-preserved raw-soil-building city.
Always a tourist attraction for people who love the centuries-old historic sites, Jiaohe Ruins see an ever-increasing number of foreign tourists in recent years, after the site, along with the Silk Road, were included in China’s Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative.
With beautiful scenery, an historical culture as well as policy support by the Chinese government alongside the B&R, you will not only encounter a journey of history and culture, but witness the growth of the Chinese tourism industry as well.
Below the water’s surface
You must have been to the Great Wall at least once. But have you ever heard of the underwater wall? The Xifengkou Great Wall lies on the border between Tangshan and Chengde, both in Hebei Province, about 250 kilometers from Beijing’s CBD.
Built more than 500 years ago, with a length of about 50 kilometers and 21 watchtowers along its path, this section of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Wall served as an important gateway to the north. In 1975, the Panjiakou water reservoir was built to divert water from the Luanhe River to Tianjin and Tangshan. It submerged this section of the wall, turning it into a unique diving spot .
If you are a diver, don’t miss this chance to see the wall from a different perspective. One tip: be well prepared and follow the instructions of a professional.
Forget traveling, stay in
Don’t have the mood to travel?
It’s okay to have a restful “staycation” Beijing-style. A conflation of the words “stay” and “vacation,” a staycation is a vacation that one spends at home or in nearby environs. The activity is becoming an increasingly viable option for expats living in the capital who are averse to the hustle and bustle of Chinese travel, especially during the Golden Week’s mass exodus.
For many foreigners who live in Beijing, a staycation is a great opportunity to get to know the neighborhood they live in better, to feel more at home in Beijing and, of course, just be lazy and relax after long stressful hours at work. Grab your bike or metro card and set out on your neighborhood exploration. After all, travel is not always about going to faraway places. Living in Beijing, a large city full of centuries-old cultural history, you can find a multiplicity of fulfilling and culturally rich activities to do during your staycation.
Two foreign visitors read a China guidebook at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
4 1. The beautiful scenery of Flaming Mountains in Turpan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region2. Having a homemade meal with friends is a good choice to enjoy the upcoming October holiday.3. The Panjiakou water reservoir in Hebei Province, where lies the Xifengkou underwater Great Wall4. For many foreigners who live in Beijing, a staycation is a great opportunity to get to know the neighborhood they live in better.