If you are planning a 2015 China tour some dates that are useful to know are the dates to avoid, such as "Golden Week" and other times when flights to Asia and within China are very expensive. Here is the lowdown (busiest first) to help you plan your vacation.
Many Chinese people use this holiday to travel to domestic cities, causing crowds everywhere and very busy traffic. There are large crowds in attractions. You may need to wait for about one hour to enter the popular attractions and restaurants.
Hotel and transport prices are increased, leading to high-budget travel during this period. Booking of hotels and flights can be very difficult (early confirmation is highly recommended if you decide to travel during this period). Keep close contact with our travel advisor if you travel with us during this period.National Day holiday usually ends on October 7, but we include adjacent weeks in this peak period. Transport networks are most crowded during the period from September 23 to October 7, and less crowded in the week following "Golden Week".
China Highlights suggests you avoid this period when planning a tour of China.
Continue to read: Top Places to Escape the "Golden Week" Crowds.
The Labor Day Holiday is another travel peak for in China.
Though the holiday only lasts three days, the tourist peak will lasts for about 8 days. The crowds at attractions, high travel costs, long waiting times, and busy transportation during this period may make your tour to China frustrating.
The Chinese New Year period is the most crowded travel season in the world, when all China's transportation modes (trains, flights, buses) are over capacity. Most of China is on the move. The Chinese new year rush lasts 40 days.
Only 5 days during this period are recommended for travel between domestic cities: the first 5 days of Chinese New Year (February 8–12 in 2016). During these days most Chinese people will stay at home for family time and celebration, which lightens the pressure on transportation, and presents you with possibly easier-than-usual travel conditions. Cheap flight tickets are available during these five days!
However, the Chinese New Year period is best time of the year to experience China's traditional culture. There are celebrations in every city and town. Take Beijing, for example, Beijing's Chinese New Year temple fairs reproduce the traditional customs of Beijing.
Chinese New Year is based on China's lunar calendar, falling somewhere between January 21 and February 20. See Chinese New Year Dates.
According to past years’ trends, Tibet is likely to be closed to foreign travelers during the Tibetan New Year period. In 2016, the first day of Tibetan New Year is February 8, so it is forecast that Tibet may be unavailable to foreign travelers from February 8 to March 31.
National Day Holiday
September 29 – October 10
May 1 Holiday
April 28 – May 4
Chinese New Year
January 23 – March 2 in 2016
Need help when planning your China trip? China Highlights travel advisors can help you. They will offer you inspiration and personal suggestions. They know the best times to visit your destinations and what should be avoided. Tailor-make a tour with China Highlights or you can have a look at our Top 10 China tours.