Well it is another holiday in China for May Day which is a holiday for working people around the world. This holiday is celebrated for 3 days (legal recognized 1 day) this year is from April 29th thru May 1. Many holiday days are busy for tourism and personal events such as weddings. The Chinese like to pick lucky days or holidays for special events like weddings, but in the US we avoid public holidays for weddings. My in-laws in China went to a relatives wedding yesterday. In general holidays are very busy time in China and we would recommend tourist try to avoid major holidays in China. The reason is the historical sites and general transportation is crowded or difficult to come by. Our friends from Chengdu went back to China last year during October which is the National Day and they being locals had a very difficult time getting transportation such as taxis with 30 minutes wait. The only holiday we recommend to avoid all together is Chinese New Year if you are only going to China for general tourism but if you have relatives like us it is an exciting time but for families only. During Chinese New Year there is a mass migration going back to their families with transportation packed with upwards of 300 million people. Think about that for one a moment because the total population in the US is 300 million plus. Also many places are closed and prices skyrocket because if employees work during this holiday they must get paid 2-3 times their normal rate. If you are in the major cities more places will be open but as soon as you go outside the major cities the more places close. The Chinese New Year is all about family, for example, we have many friends we hang out with during our visits to China but during the last Chinese New Year we attended we did not see our friends for 10 days because they were all at their families homes. When you are in China everyone notices all the people around everywhere all the time. At the start of Chinese New Year we left our apartment in a town to go to my wife’s family’s home in the village and the town was a ghost town I could not believe it. For me it felt like the Blizzard of 1978 in New Hampshire and looking out of my second story window with not a sole around.
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