– Chinese are expected to flock to Guilin on May Day 2011

Published: Mon Mar 14 2011

Originally a seven day holiday, Chinese residents on 1st May are now given just one day in recognition of May Day also called International Workers’ Day around the world. The occasion is used to recognise all employees and the work they do so public and private companies give an extra day’s holiday to allow people to take a break.

This year Guilin is set to see visitors turning up in the thousands to experience the city’s collection of natural wonders such as the Li River which was voted as one of the best water sites in the world by National Geographic Magazine. Other busy areas on the holiday are likely to be the Reed Flute Cave with its captivating limestone rock formations and the famous Two Rivers and Four Lakes tour.

Research from 2004 estimated that approximately 90 million visitors travel around May Day and this causes severe congestion on roads and overloads the public transport. Many hotels especially Guilin hotels near the main attractions are due to be fully booked and so tourists are advised to check their arrangements before travelling.

Lek Boonlert, marketing head at commented: "Public holidays are a busy time at many destinations in China and especially Guilin with the number of things to do for tourists. If travelling on May Day people should book their accommodation early to avoid complications of having to find somewhere when they arrive in the city."


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