#39 What do Chinese people do during National Holiday? 中国人国庆节做什么?

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现在是十月了。十月一日是中国的国庆节,这是一个庆祝中华人民共和国成立的节日。但是,对于普通人来说,国庆节最重要的就是七天的假期,这个假期也叫“国庆黄金周”。其实在中国,很长的假期不太多。所以每到秋天的时候,中国人都特别期待国庆黄金周,因为大家可以一周都不工作。

那么,国庆黄金周,大家都做什么呢?我问了我的朋友,大概有三种类型:

第一种,回老家看家人。中国有很多大城市,大城市里有很多从其他地方来的人,在大城市工作,平时没有时间看家人。所以他们在国庆节的时候,就会买好车票,回老家。不过,我也有很多朋友抱怨,国庆节的火车票太难买了,因为大家都在买票,所以他们国庆节以前就得时时刻刻看着手机,抢火车票。

第二种,出去旅游。国庆是很难得的长假期,所以很多人都会离开家,出远门,去其他地方玩。但问题是,中国里人太多了,很多景区每到国庆就人山人海。比如北京的长城,四川的乐山大佛景区,杭州的西湖等等,每一年的国庆都是人山人海,很多人排队,完全走不动。

第三种,宅在家里。因为国庆哪儿都很多人,所以也有很多人,尤其是年轻人,选择宅在家里。宅,意思是“待在家里”,这个词的意思来自于日语,Otakuzuku,意思是一些人喜欢待在家里,他们也觉得待在家里最舒服。有些朋友开玩笑,说:“每年国庆我都在社交媒体上环游中国”。他们宁愿待在家里,看其他人旅游的照片,也不愿意出门,去很多人的地方。

好啦,今天的MaoMi Chinese 就先到这里。你放长假喜欢去做什么呢?你会去看家人,去旅游,还是宅在家里呢?欢迎在网站或者Instagram上和我分享哦!

Hello everyone. Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese!

Now it’s October. 1st October is Chinese National Day, which is a festival celebrating the founding of the People’s Republic of China. However, to most people, the most important thing about National Day is the 7-day holiday, and this holiday is also called ‘National Golden Week’. In fact, there aren’t many long holidays in China. Therefore, when autumn comes, Chinese people always look forward to National Golden Week, because they don’t have to work for a week.

So in National Golden Week what would people do? I asked my friends and there are 3 types (of activities):

Type 1, going back to hometown and visiting family. There are lots of big cities in China, where loads of people come from other places to work. They don’t have time to see their families during normal times. So on National Day, they would get tickets and go back to their hometown. But I also have many friends complaining that it is too hard to get train tickets during National Day because everyone is buying them. Therefore, they had to watch their phones at every moment to book train tickets.

Type 2, going out for travel. National Day holiday is a rarely long holiday, so many people will leave their homes and travel far away to have some fun. But the problem is, there are too many people in China and whenever it’s National Day Holiday, there are ‘people mountain people sea’ in tourism sites, for example, the Great Wall in Beijing, Leshan Giant Buddha site in Sichuan, West Lake in Hangzhou, etc. Every National Day there are loads of people queuing and you can’t really move.

Type 3, staying at home. Because there are many people outside on National Day, lots of people, especially young people, choose to stay at home. Zhái,means to stay at home. This meaning comes from Japanese, Otakuzuku, which means people who like staying at home and they also think it’s the most comfortable to stay at home. So of my friends make a joke, ‘every year on National Day I travel around China on social media'. They would rather stay home and look at other people’s pictures of travelling, than going out to places which are crowded.

Okay, that’s about it for MaoMi Chinese today. What do you like to do on a long holiday? Do you go to see your family, travel or stay at home? Leave your comments on the website of Instagram!

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