Chinese Embassy to be closed for Golden Week
The Chinese Embassy in London is set to be closed this weekend and part of next week for the Golden Week celebrations. If you’re legalising a document for use in China, please be aware that the closure may cause delays and that our stated timescales cannot be guaranteed between the dates of 30th September and 4th October.
WHAT IS GOLDEN WEEK?
There are two separate Golden Week holidays in China – The first takes place in either January or February and coincides with the Chinese New Year holiday, while the second (this one) takes place at the end of September to coincide with Chinese National Day which takes place on October 1st. In China, the holiday is officially three days, but is usually extended by bridge holidays compensated by working on weekends, (depending on how the holiday falls in the week) creating a so-called ‘Golden Week’ of holidays. The concept was introduced in 2000 to help boost domestic tourism and to allow families to make long journeys to visit relatives.
While China as a country has been around for thousands of years, the country as it exists today, known as the People’s Republic of China, was founded on September 21st, 1949, with a ceremony celebrating the forming of the Central People’s Government taking place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1st that year. The government then passed a treaty later that year declaring that October 1st would be National Day.
HOW IS NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATED?
From 1950 – 1959, grand rallies and massive military parades were held to mark the National Day, though the parades these days are much more pared down compared to then. At sunrise, uniformed troops march out to start a special flag raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square, which is decorated festively with flags and portraits. Other activities like song and dance shows, firework displays and painting and calligraphy exhibitions are also held to celebrate National Day while many stores and shopping malls offer major discounts to bring in the throngs of tourists who descend upon the cities.