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Photo Essay: “Golden Week” in China

NANJING — On Oct. 1, as China celebrated the founding of the People’s Republic, millions of tourists flooded the many hallowed historic sites, mystic mountains and breathtaking scenic wonders across the country.

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Crowds line up outside of Nanjing’s “Zong Tong Fu”, or Presidential Palace.  This beautiful museum is a major destination for Chinese tourists, especially during the first week of October, known here as “Guo Qing Jie”, or National Week.  Most Chinese get an entire week off to celebrate, and most of them use it to travel.

Crowds line up outside of Nanjing’s “Zong Tong Fu”, or Presidential Palace. This beautiful museum is a major destination for Chinese tourists, especially during the first week of October, known here as “Guo Qing Jie”, or National Week. Most Chinese get an entire week off to celebrate, and most of them use it to travel.

Two Chinese girls show their patriotism with flags and stickers.  This week is a time for Chinese people to join together and be proud of their accomplishments.

Two Chinese girls show their patriotism with flags and stickers. This week is a time for Chinese people to join together and be proud of their accomplishments.

HNC students waiting to enter the Presidential Palace.

HNC students waiting to enter the Presidential Palace.

A waterfall of tourists pack the Nanjing metro.

A waterfall of tourists pack the Nanjing metro.

Fu Zi Miao, or Confucius Temple, is so packed during Guo Qing Jie that you can barely move.  Chinese come from all over for the sights and shopping.

Fu Zi Miao, or Confucius Temple, is so packed during Guo Qing Jie that you can barely move. Chinese come from all over for the sights and shopping.

Stores near Sun Yat-Sen’s mausoleum sell flags and other patriotic goods to tourists coming to climb the memorial staircase.

Stores near Sun Yat-Sen’s mausoleum sell flags and other patriotic goods to tourists coming to climb the memorial staircase.

Universities like Nanjing Daxue, home of HNC, show their patriotism by decorating their main gates with lanterns and banners.

Universities like Nanjing Daxue, home of HNC, show their patriotism by decorating their main gates with lanterns and banners.

Universities like Nanjing Daxue, home of HNC, show their patriotism by decorating their main gates with lanterns and banners.

Universities like Nanjing Daxue, home of HNC, show their patriotism by decorating their main gates with lanterns and banners.

Tour boats glide through the rivers near Fu Zi Miao.

Tour boats glide through the rivers near Fu Zi Miao.

A dealer at Sun Yat-Sen’s mausoleum selling flags and stickers for a discount to tourists trying to save a few RMB.

A dealer at Sun Yat-Sen’s mausoleum selling flags and stickers for a discount to tourists trying to save a few RMB.

Huge crowds come to climb the stairs to Sun Yat-sen’s mausoleum.

Huge crowds come to climb the stairs to Sun Yat-sen’s mausoleum.

During the summer, Nanjing is famous for being one of China’s notorious “oven cities”, and in the winter, Nanjing is notoriously cold and lacks heaters in most buildings. But during Guo Qing Jie, the weather is perfect for sightseeing.

During the summer, Nanjing is famous for being one of China’s notorious “oven cities”, and in the winter, Nanjing is notoriously cold and lacks heaters in most buildings. But during Guo Qing Jie, the weather is perfect for sightseeing.

Cotton candy is a big hit during the national week holiday.

Cotton candy is a big hit during the national week holiday.

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