The National Day Golden Week Hours And Travel Tips

2018. Sept 29



ISAC Program Office Hours:

Sept. 29th- Sept. 30th Open from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Monday, Oct. 1st – Sunday, Oct 7th Closed
Monday, Oct 8th Open

October 1st is the National Day in China and “golden week” is the seven-day holiday from October 1st to October 7th. It is an inescapable tradition that golden week is a very busy travel time. The ISAC Program Office will be closed from October 1 to October 7.


For Teachers In Hangzhou

We still have our Hangzhou Food Tour on Oct. 2nd. Please check Hangzhou Food Tour for details.


For Teachers Still Under Visa Processing

Remember your work permit will not be processed during the Golden Week; However for those teachers who have already got their work permit notification issued but have not applied a work visa, you should visit the embassy/consulate in the country of your residency. Chinese embassy/consulate is only closed on Oct 1st, and back to work from Tuesday, Oct 2nd.


For Teachers Who Are Traveling

If you want to have a hands on expereince of what the golden week crowd is about, you can ignore these tips really. It’s definitely a once in a life time experience and you may like or dislike the huge amounts of people traveling. A good example would be the West Lake during the Golden Week, very incredible amount of people taking the tour around the lake. However, if you would like to have some tips on how to avoid the crowd, the following points help.

  • Avoid traveling to popular places during this period (strong recommendation).
  • Book tourist attractions early: If you do decide to see the top sights, they’ll be fully-packed/over-crowded.
  • Book hotels/flights/trains early: Accommodation and flights are significantly costlier, especially in popular places. Booking is difficult.
  • Transportation: very crowded in popular areas, taxis are full, Didi (Chinese Uber) you probably need to wait hours for one
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