TRAVEL COOL

Don’t know where to go dur­ing the up­com­ing Golden Week? Here are tips for a dif­fer­ent kind of hol­i­day

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Photo: VCG

Two for­eign vis­i­tors read a China guide­book at Bei­jing’s Tianan­men Square.

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Pho­tos: Li Hao/GT; VCG

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.

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