I had no choice but to repost this. It is too incredible not to share. My wife and I have experienced similar scenarios over our last 14 years in China. There are times when it feels like China’s total population—1.4 billion people—are pressing in on you from every side.Some of our craziest (I think what I mean by that is (worst”) times to travel was right around National Day, every October. “Shouldn’t have taken that 24 hour overnight sleeper bus!” “Shouldn’t have drove 10 hours to that Southern city!”

But in retrospect, they were great times—not the part where 10,000 people were spooning us at the Great Wall, but the simple reality that we got to share a moment together in the world’s most populous nation.

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If you plan on going sightseeing right now in China, you might want to reconsider. That is, unless you like huge crowds and being pressed up against strangers. If so, go now. And quick!

It’s “National Day Golden Week” in China, which is a seven-day holiday that kicks off every year on October 1, the day the People’s Republic of China was founded back in 1949.

Since it’s a week-long holiday, it seems like the entire country goes on vacation, causing tourist sites to overflow with people. And since the Chinese government made national highways toll-free starting last year, the Golden Week holidays are leading to bigger and bigger traffic jams.

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Here, you can see photos, courtesy of photojournalist Sean Gallagher and SkyNews’ Mark Stone (both via Business Insider):

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Train stations and airports are also packed with travelers.

Locations like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen get swamped with the most tourists—and can see well over a hundred thousand visitors each day.

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

But as Beijing-based Kotaku writer Eric Jou points out, not everywhere is crowded—the non-touristy areas can even seem dead. But where it is crowded, such as the tourist spots, it’s wall to wall humans.

Let China Show You What Crowded Really Means

That’s Eric Jou.

Photos: News.CnLonghooWyNewsBackChinaXinhuanetPeople.com.cnTiexue Eric Jou contributed to this article. The Eric Jou photo is courtesy of Frank Yu.

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter@Brian_Ashcraft.

David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
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