Over 610 million people are expected to take to China’s roads and waterways during the National Day ‘golden week’, up 6 percent compared to 2012, Xinhua reports.
A daily average of 87 million people will travel during the weeklong holiday from Oct. 1 to 7, said ministry spokesman Liang Xiao’an at a press conference.
Liang said a majority of travelers — about 600 million — will travel by road, up 6.1% compared to the same period last year.
Drivers of cars with no more than seven seats will be exempted from tolls during the National Day holiday.
The Forbidden City in Beijing saw over 180,000 visitors on October 1 last year. Do not go to the Forbidden City during golden week.
The Great Wall of China at Badaling was made invisible by the sheer mass of people atop it on October 3 last year. Do not go to the Great Wall during golden week.
In fact, as these photos from last year suggest, it’s best not to go anywhere during golden week.