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1st May-International Labour Day in China

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1st May-International Labour Day in China

We are arriving in Beijing on the 3rd May 2013

We have read that the 1st May extends into a 3 day holiday period.Does this mean that if we choose to transfer from airport to hotel by subway we would not have to contend with commuters on the 3rd May ? Would there be limited subway services on the day?

We have also read that The Bank of China closes for several days over this holiday period,which would obviously limit money exchange options for us.Is this also true?

With regards to Summer Palace,can anyone recommend a nice place for lunch near East Gate?

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1. Re: 1st May-International Labour Day in China

I think subway schedule is the same. But since lots off people have a few days off, it will be busy through out the day. Taxi is the most convenient means of transport from airport to city. Costs will be around 100RMB.

For money, use an ATM card. Even when the banks close, you can get money. There are ATMs at the airport. They will be refilled.

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2. Re: 1st May-International Labour Day in China

Subway operating hours never change.

The holiday is indeed three days but it ends on May 1st (starts in April), meaning it will be a normal day at that time. Normal day means big crowds in subways at rush hour.

I doubt that the banks close for several days.

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3. Re: 1st May-International Labour Day in China

The labour days of this year start from 29 april to 1 may, so 3 may will be a normal business day.

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29 April is the day we will take a bullet train from Taiyuan to Beijing and a taxi to the airport for our flight home. Will there be more traffic and congestion because of the public holiday? We have allowed a good buffer.

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5. Re: 1st May-International Labour Day in China

Thank you to all for clarifying concerns re International Labour Day in China for 2013.

Has anyone had a nice lunch nr East Gate Summer Palace before exploring the grounds for the afternoon?

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6. Re: 1st May-International Labour Day in China

Our holidays were confirmed today - from Monday 29th April to Wedensday 1st May. I don't think I even noticed this holiday last year. Everything will run as normal, but might be slightly more commuters about. Nothing to worry about.

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7. Re: 1st May-International Labour Day in China

@savveytraveller, it is said above that 3rd May is a normal business day but subway is also busy most of the day, especially at peak hours (7:00am-9:00am, 5:00pm-7:00pm).

@Marj H, 29th Apr is the first day of May Labor Day Holiday. Traffic is very busy everywhere. Train ticket should be very hard to book for that day. You can book the train ticket on 10th Apr.

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8. Re: 1st May-International Labour Day in China

Hi, we are travelling to Shenzhen on business from 27 April to 04 May, will the electronic manufacturing companies be closed. Just found out about this holiday. Also will Shenzhen be very busy with tourists.

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Shenzhen is not a city for tourists. Whether these companies will be closed, you should ask them.

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10. Re: 1st May-International Labour Day in China

We'll be in Beijing on May 3rd,2014. It's the Labour Day weekend and we need to take a taxi to dinner at Beijing eastern suburb, about 20km. Is the Labour Day traffic bad in the afternoon? And how much time we need to reserve to be in time for the party?

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