Every year, the world’s largest human migration takes place in China. The occasion? Chinese New Year. During the next couple weeks, millions of people will be going home for the holiday. Here’s some advice for all of our travelers:
1. Avoid the crowds
Make sure to avoid the touristy areas during the holiday. If you’re staying in Shanghai, remember that People’s Square Metro Station will be closed for crowd control. Some metro lines will have extended hours and extra trains to support the holiday travel rush. In Beijing, subway stations near large temples may be closed for Chinese New Year.
2. Shop in advance
Most people go home for the holiday, and so many shops and restaurants will stay closed throughout Chinese New Year. Even online stores have different schedules, so check in advance for their holiday hours, and be sure to do your shopping beforehand just in case! But don’t worry too much – FamilyMart, AllDays, and Lawson convenience stores will always stay open.
3. Stay hydrated while on the move
Stay hydrated! Having a reusable water bottle is extremely useful if you’re traveling throughout the country. Plus- it’s environmentally friendly! Keep in mind, it may be ideal to bring a Thermos, as many places in China only offer hot water to drink.
4. Bring extra fuel
It doesn’t hurt to pack a snack or two for the road! If you plan to travel, bring something healthy to keep you energized during your trip, especially if spending hours on a bus, train, or plane is a part of your travel plans.
If you are traveling, you don’t want to be caught in the middle of your trip with no battery on your phone! Make sure to bring a power adapter for your chargers, and a power bank for those long train or bus rides without an outlet!
6. Bring a form of entertainment
If you’re going to be spending a decent amount of time on a train or a plane, don’t forget to bring some form of entertainment, whether it’s a book (or eco-friendly eReader) to dive into, or a pair of headphones so you can jam out to your favorite music.
7. Keep clean
With millions of people moving around, public transportation and other popular areas may be unsanitary. Some public restrooms in China don’t provide toilet paper. It’s a good idea to bring some tissues, toilet paper, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer when traveling.
8. Bring backup
China is home to many picture-worthy places, and during Chinese New Year, cities all over the country are beautifully decorated! Chances are, if you’re traveling during the holiday, you will have the chance to see some amazing sights. Don’t forget your camera, charger, and an extra memory card!
9. Check the weather
Prepare for the weather! The temperatures in China can be extremely cold, depending on where you go. Remember to bring a warm sweater or blanket, even if just for the flight. Maybe bring an umbrella as well, because it can rain a lot in certain regions. You can also buy heat patches, which some Chinese people use for warmth in winter.
10. Be green
China is dealing with many environmental issues. When you are packing for the holiday, consider greener options. Bring a reusable cloth tote bag! They are environmentally friendly and versatile. They can be used as bags for dirty laundry, or as shopping totes during your travels.
11. Gear up
If you’re spending the holiday trekking through China’s beautiful nature, remember to bring the necessary equipment! Make sure to add hiking boots, flashlight, and appropriate outdoor clothing to your packing list.
12. Celebrate!Most importantly, enjoy yourself! As busy as it may be, Chinese New Year is a time for excitement and relaxation. Take the opportunity to explore this beautiful country, experience its fascinating culture, and embrace one of the most amazing holiday celebrations in the world!
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