Here is the reason why tourist destinations in China are full of trash during the Golden Week holiday. According to an article by Xinhua News, as of October 3, the forth day of 8-day holiday, the 119 tourist destinations under direct monitor have already received over 604 million person-times, an increase of 30.64% compared to the same period last year. The Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen in the city of Nanjing received as many visitors as 10 times of its optimal capacity. The Gulangyu Island in Xiamen received 9 times of its visitor capacity. The Forbidden City in Beijing, 5 times.
Numerous popular tourist destinations across China have been reported to launch emergency plan for visitor overcapacity– Thousands of tourists were stuck on Mount Hua on October 2 due to cable car overcapacity; both Mount Tai and Mount Lu had to stop selling tickets for a short period and call local police force to evacuate crammed tourists.
These stories aren’t uncommon to see during the several public long holidays in China. Part of the reason of such concentrated traveling is the lack of an effective system of paid holidays. For most of the working class in China, “paid day off” either doesn’t exist at all, or exist only on paper. But with increased disposable income, Chinese consumers crave for travelling. The end result is that everybody plans their trips during public long holidays when everybody else is out traveling, too. Instead of enjoying their trips, all that is left to enjoy are crowds.
“Where do you see ‘people mountain people sea’?” has been trending on Sina Weibo, China’s most popular microblogging service, for two days. Many netizens have uploaded picture of incredible crowds across China.
On Gulangyu Island in Xiamen. It’s optimal for the island to hold 17,000 visitors, but now there are more than 100,000.
Shopping area on the island
Beach on the island
People waiting in queue to get into the Forbidden City in Beijing
People waiting to go up Mount Huang in Anhui province
The Duan Bridge in Hangzhou. Duan means broken in Chinese. Many netizens joked about the bridge wasn’t far from being broken with so many people on.
Dameisha Beach at Shenzhen
Nanjing Confucius Temple, or the Fuzimiao
At last but not the least, the almighty Great Wall…of people