“People Mountain People Sea” during China’s National Day holiday 2012

Where did you see “people mountain, people sea” ? This is a hot topic on the Chinese internet to discuss the just-concluded National day holiday. The phrase “people mountain, people sea” literally translated from Chinese idiom “人山人海”, which means “huge crowds of people”. Many netizens have uploaded picture of incredible crowds across China.

"Seas of people" on the Great Wall during China's National Day holiday

“Seas of people” on the Great Wall during China’s National Day holiday

So, there is a most useful travel tip for tourists. If at all possible, avoid traveling in China during the “Golden Week” of National Day (October 1-7).

Currently, China has 7 official public holidays in a year, 11 days altogether. There are only two long holidays, the Spring Festival and National Day holidays, with three days each. Usually, the length of the two holidays can be extended to seven days including weekend, nicknamed Golden Week. As Spring Festival is traditionally a time for family reunions, it is inevitable that most Chinese will choose to travel during the National Day holiday.

Crowds of people at Yangshuo West Street during China's National Day holiday

Crowds of people at Yangshuo West Street during China’s National Day holiday

Guilin is well-known for its karst landscape and idyllic contryside scenery. For most travelers, it is a dream destination. Yangshuo and Longji in Guilin area, due to their fames in the world, are probably not the best places to visit during National Day holiday. Major tourist sites are overwhelmed by huge crowds; and, many hotels may seize the chance to raise the prices of food and accommodation.


How did Guilin get its name?

Do you know how Guilin(桂林) gets its name? Actually, Guilin literally means “Forest of Osmanthus” in Chinese. The evergreen osmanthus trees are planted almost everywhere in Guilin city.

桂 Gui = osmanthus
林 Lin = forest

Sweet Osmanthus in Guilin, China

Sweet Osmanthus is the city flower of Guilin, China.

In autumn, sweet and golden osmanthus flowers are in full bloom, spreading their fragrance with the wind. Walk around the city, and you will smell a sweet fragrance in the air.

Do you know Guilin, China?

As a Chinese saying goes, Guilin’s scenery is best among all under heaven. The scenic city lies in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of far southern China, with a total area of 27,809 square kilometres. Picturesque Li River winding through the city with peaks mushroomed inside, makes Guilin a popular city for sightseeing.

Guilin, China

Guilin city proper, China

Yangshuo is a very picturesque smaller town downstream of Guilin. It features the incredible karst scenery, beautiful mountains, rivers, caves, and much more. Not just a sight-seeing place; there are weeks of exploratng possibilities here, by cruise, bamboo rafting, cycling, trekking, rock climbing, and much more.

Longsheng, with its famous Longji rice terraces, offers great hiking opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Four- to five-hour trek through minority villages of Zhuang, Dong and Yao, dotting with China’s most spectacularly terraced slopes. Then, enjoy a relaxed spa at natural Longsheng Hot Spring.