Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Wu Yi Jie

...May 1st or Labor Day

May 1st is International Workers’ Day (except for the United States, Canada and South Africa!!) and in China it marks the 2nd of their three Golden Week Holidays (Spring Festival/Chinese New Year, May Day and National Day in October) which means millions of people will travel across the country. For info, the three Golden Weeks were inaugurated in 1999 by the government to increase consumer spending.

So we’ve decided to go and visit the Forbidden City with the in-laws… We wanted to make sure they got the feeling of leaving in a country with 1.3 billion people (or at least a city with 15 million) and they saw what it looks like when 150 million people are expected to travel across country!!!

The Forbidden City

Forbidden City and Tian'an man square on May 1st
Tian'An Men Square

But apparently we got there before the big rush:
The Forbidden City (Photo by Reuters)