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Chinese New Year for 2013 is quickly approaching and now is the time to start preparing your travel plans before the masses swarm the ticket booths. This year the New Years falls on February 10, 2013, and will be the year of the snake.
Chinese New Years see an average of over 3 billion travelers making it the
largest human migration every year. This time of year can be utterly hectic for the poorly planned traveler with people every year not able to get out of their city it’s very important to plan early.
Here are a few tips to ensure your Chinese New Year travel plans go off without a hitch.
Buy your tickets early!
Every year millions of Chinese flock to the trains stations, airports, and bus stations, and will even wait for days to get a ticket to go back home. So it is your mission to get your tickets early and avoid getting stuck.
If you can afford it, avoid the train and bus stations those are the most hectic and most unreliable for getting a ticket.
Along with this I also recommend staying away from the big cities during this time, because that’s where the travel lines and madness will be the craziest and will be the most difficult to purchase tickets.
Book those hotel rooms fast.
Along with plane, train, and automobile tickets it’s just as important to make sure you reserve your hotel rooms for your travel destinations, because they will fill up fast.
Be patient, and don’t lose your cool.
Traveling during Chinese New Year can be stressful for everyone, and it’s nearly unavoidable that you might hit a snag during this time. Just remember to practice patience and be flexible, it will all work out. If the stress gets too high for you, try one of the many massage parlors you can find in China. Another thing that you can do to ease the insecurity of traveling abroad is to make sure that you have international travel insurance secured before you depart. When things go wrong, travel insurance is your best friend!
Note: Chinese New Year is a very popular time for fireworks going off at all hours of the day and night, so be flexible and enjoy the festivities and the local culture.
Bring some warm clothes.
Of course this depends on where you are travelling to, but if you are planning on travelling through most of China, be prepared for some cold weather.
Beware of business closings over the New Year.
During this time most offices, shops, restaurants, etc. will be closed due to the fact this is the time when the Chinese people travel back to their home towns to be with their families.
There will be places that will still be open, so don’t be detoured, but beware that not everything will be open.
Zach Smith is an experienced travel writer living in Beijing. He has spent many years travelling through Asia and the world experiencing the different cultures. He has vast experiences writing guides for the travel sector, including Cover–More Australia and New Zealand.