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Post time 2013-1-16 10:58:13 |Display all floors
This post was edited by WhiteBear at 2013-1-16 11:16

I is a serious question.

I live in small (les then 1mln population) city, and I heard many different oppinions:

1. "logistic"
- most of the shop will be closed for a long time?
- supermarkets will be closed only one or two days (Chinese New Year), but in other days - no porblem?
- prices will be higher during CNY hollidays?
- there will be a lot of disscounts during CNY hollidays?
- have to prepare large supply of food because there will be very few shops oppened?
- don't have to prepare large supply reserve, because most of the shops will be closed only for a few days?
- inter-city traffic peak begins as early as 26.01 or one week later?
- I have have cash drawn earlier, because ATMs can be "emptied" very quickly?
- cities will be emptied, or more crowded, or no visible change?
What is a truth, what is a myth (of above)?

2. customs
- what is "must have" for CNY in the meaning of custom?
- what is "good to have"?
- what are traditional foor, decorations, clotches for CNY?

And finaly...

What would You advise to expat who is staying in China at that time?


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Post time 2013-1-16 11:08:52 |Display all floors
Avoid all train and bus stations.  Unless you like to be in the middle of total chaos.

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Post time 2013-1-16 11:15:55 |Display all floors
grb Post time: 2013-1-16 11:08
Avoid all train and bus stations.  Unless you like to be in the middle of total chaos.

Yes I heard about that :) but what is "chaos spread"?
When it usually starts, and when ends?

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Post time 2013-1-16 11:29:53 |Display all floors
WhiteBear Post time: 2013-1-16 11:15
Yes I heard about that :) but what is "chaos spread"?
When it usually starts, and when ends?

In Guangzhou it starts about 1 week before and gets worse until New Years day.  Then it will slack off for about 1 week and then get really bad again for a couple of weeks.  About the same for the highways.  The city itself will seem very quiet once all the travelling is over.  And yes, most restaraunts will raise prices and a lot of the mom and pop businesses will be closed for an extended period.  And yes, the banks will be closed for several days and there will be a run on the ATM machines.  All government offices will be closed.  All of the SOE's will be closed and many of the logistic comapnies, ie FEDX, UPS, EMS will close for several days.  The country basically will come to a standstill as far as financially and logistically so do not plan to conduct much business.  And since you like to take pictures I suggest you brave the chaos and visit the train stations in GZ, for there you will find a mass of humanity unlike you have ever seen before.

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Post time 2013-1-16 11:44:39 |Display all floors
yes, first of all, avoid travelling at all.
some day Jiangsu will rule China

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Post time 2013-1-16 11:52:41 |Display all floors
as for supermarkets, i think in the city you live there is a Wal-Mart, RT-Mart (Da Ren Fa), these are usually open year-round.
some day Jiangsu will rule China

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Post time 2013-1-16 12:12:26 |Display all floors
and on new-years day you should wear new clothes and shoes, even new underwear, red, of course
some day Jiangsu will rule China

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