Choosing China as destination for a paid internship does not only enable you to acquire working experience in a country having a massive impact on the world’s economy, but also offers countless attractions and scenic spots just waiting to be explored.
As soon as you have arrived in Chengdu and got acquainted with the basics of life and work in the beautiful capital of the Sichuan province, it will not be long before the wish to see more of the country will grow stronger in your mind. So, when is the best time to travel in China? Simply said: All the time! This is why this article will explain the few days to avoid and the reasons for that.
Have you ever heard of the Spring Festival, the largest annual human migration lasting for around a week and a bit longer? This is the time for Chinese citizen to return home and celebrate the New Year with the loved ones or use the free time to travel. And this is exactly why you should avoid travelling during this time, because every last train, bus and plane will be packed and tickets are hard to get and expensive.
Apart from the transport situation popular scenic spots and attractions will be filled with people to the brim, not leaving much space or chance to truly appreciate otherwise tranquil monasteries, vast open spaces or mind-blowing scenery. And there is another issue that one always reads about: Mind your valuables in large crowds – The Spring Festival also is a great opportunity for pocket thieves and other dodgy characters to nick your newly bought camera or hard-earned smart phone.
If you still decide to challenge your luck and patience by deciding to visit one of the attractions surrounding Chengdu like Emei Shan, Le Shan, Jiu Zhai Gou and else, be prepared to pay a lot more for fares, tickets, accommodation and do make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will be queuing for hours and hours at the entries, bathrooms, cable cars or else.
It gets especially bad whenever small hiking trails are impossible to avoid as for example those to reach the Golden Summit of Emei Shan. Not only is the walking/climbing pace unbearably slow but the many people and their shoes make the already frozen and snowy paths and steps very dangerous to climb. If something were to happen like a sprained ankle, one does not want to picture how difficult it would be to receive help as no safety precautions are taken by the officials in hard to reach areas.
Although this sounds rather scary and you will be warned many times, going out and immerse in this crazy experience of being a part of the biggest annual human migration, can be considered as a valuable experience and definitely allows for a great story to tell. This time you do not even need to exaggerate so much, because it will be crazy enough by itself.
As an intern in China you may be able to choose regular weekends for some shorter trips, discuss a short holiday with your bosses or utilize the time prior or after the internship to visit China’s awesome places.
If you still need some ideas for planning your trip check out here (http://www.china.org.cn/top10/2012-05/18/content_25413239.htm) for 10 places to go in Sichuan.