9 quiet gems in China for a crowd-free May Day holiday

Is it possible for you to take a picture with great scenery without any tourists in it during the May Day Holiday, notorious for being the second busiest holiday period in China?

Well, nearly every Chinese, as well as expats in China, will be celebrating the short three-day holiday of International Labor Day by asking the age-old question: to travel or not to travel.

If we travel, the most likely thing to happen is that we would get overwhelmed by tourists from around the country. We even have to line up to take a clean picture with a blossom or a famous statue.

The best strategy, as I see it, is to pull away from the madding crowd by going to lesser-known spots around China, where you can truly relax. See the gallery for some of our best picks.

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