As China begins its 66th National Day celebrations today, it's set to break a new travel record.
Chinese media reports that an estimated 13 million people will be embarking on train travels around the country on October 1, the highest ever recorded, as residents embark on their seven-day break.
According to big data predictions by some online travel agencies, cities like Lijiang, Sanya, Beijing and Xiamen are among the most popular domestic destinations.
However, the crowds at scenic spots, which are a common sight at Chinese tourist destinations during holiday time, can spoil your experience when sightseeing. Here is a list of the most crowded scenic areas in China. While it is not our intention to advise you against visiting these places, do avoid the crowds there if at all possible.
1. The Forbidden City
The Palace Museum has grappled with overwhelming crowds for years. More than 15 million people visited in 2014, topping all museums in the world. Second on the list is the Louvre in Paris, which saw 9.2 million visitors last year.[Photo/Xinhua]
2. Badaling Great Wall.
Tourists crowd the Badaling Great Wall during the National Day holiday in Beijing, October 3 2014.[Photo/IC]
3. The Bund of Shanghai
Tourists crowd the promenade on the Bund during the National Day holiday in Shanghai, October 3 2014.[Photo/IC]
4. West Lake
Tourists crowd on the Yongjin Bridge at West Lake during National Day in Hangzhou, east Chinas Zhejiang province, October 2, 2014. The West Lake is known for its tranquility and romance.[Photo/IC]
5. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum
Tourists crowd the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing on Oct 1, 2014. [Photo/IC]
6. Jiuzhaigou Valley
Tourists at the Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan province on Oct 14, 2014.[Photo/IC]
7. Longmen Grottoes
Photo taken on Oct 2, 2014 shows the crowd in Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang city, Henan province.[Photo/IC]
8. Ciqikou ancient town
Crowds on streets of Ciqikou ancient town in Chongqing,OCT 4,2015.[Photo/IC]
9. Chunxi Road,Chengdu
Tourists and local residents crowd the Chunxi road shopping street during the National Day holiday in Chengdu city, Southwest China's Sichuan province, October 12011.[Photo/IC]
10. Xitang ancient town
Photo taken on Oct 3 2014 shows the crowd in Xitang ancient town, Zhejiang province.[Photo/IC]
Source - china daily