Millions of people throng to these attractions during holidays every year, sometimes making these places so crowded that it is hard to move. How crowded could it be? Let’s take a look together.
1. Sydney Opera House
Located in Sydney, Australia, this theater has become one of the city’s major landmarks. Built in 1973, it is one of the most distinguished buildings of the 20th century. The shape of the theater was inspired by seashells, creating a harmonious scene with famous nearby attractions like the Sydney Harbor Bridge.The Sydney Opera House hosts over 1,500 performances each year, making it one of the most popular and busiest theaters in the world.
2. The Victoria Peak
Known as one of the Hong Kong’s most conspicuous landmarks. The Peak (Victoria Peak) is the best place to enjoy views of the city’s colorful night skyline, the famous Victoria Bay, filled with towering skyscrapers and peaceful green hillsides. Reaching the summit, visitors will see a seven-story building in the shape of a ship – The Peak Tower, one of Hong Kong’s most striking landmarks. The number of annual visitors to The Peak typically exceeds 10 million.
3. Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World, also known as Disney World or Walt Disney World Resort, is the largest Disney-themed entertainment complex in the world.Located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, it consists mainly of four theme parks and two water parks, receiving a total of 52.5 million visitors annually. It is not only a paradise for kids, but it is also a romantic place for adults.Disney World is full of people on every holiday, particularly at Christmas. Sometimes, visitors have to wait for at least one to two hours to ride a ride or see a performance.
4. Buckingham Palace London
Located in the City of Westminster, Buckingham Palace is the London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. It is a key tourist attraction in the U.K., as well as an important gathering place when the United Kingdom celebrates holidays or faces crises. Buckingham Palace has opened three sites to the public in August and September every year since1992.
5. Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal, a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, India, is admired by many lovers as a symbol of everlasting love. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. The “jewel of Muslim art in India” attracts millions of visitors every year. When it comes to traditional festivals like Diwali, the “festival of lights” that is celebrated every autumn, and Western festivals like Christmas, endless people crowd the attraction and take pictures.
6. Cristo Redentor
The Statue of Christ the Redeemer is a 30-meter tall sculpture located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World on July 7, 2007. This city landmark has attracted visitors from around the world. During weekends, it is almost impossible to see the end of the ticket purchasing line. Sometimes, the line itself is seen as an attraction, drawing many people who wish to take photos of it.
7. Great wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a fortification made mainly of stone and bricks, which begins in Shanhaiguan, northeast of Qinhuangdao City in Hebei Province on China’s east coast. From east to west, the sections at Shanhaiguan, Jinshanling, Mutianyu, Badaling, and Jiayuguan have become popular tourist attractions.Visitors form “Seas of People” at the Great Wall during holidays and festivals, especially during the National Day holiday.
8. The musée du Louvre
The Musée du Louvre, one of the world’s largest museums, is a Paris landmark. It is the most-visited museum in the world, attracting about 10 million visitors every year. It boasts numerous priceless artworks such as the Venus de Milo, the Nike of Samothrace and the Mona Lisa, the most popular attraction at the Louvre. If you want to see just how crowded the museum is, go see the Mona Lisa. It is too hard to find a spot to see or take a photo of the picture because so many people are packed into the gallery.
9. The Forbidden City
Located in the middle of Beijing, the Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. China’s recent economic and social development has made travel a popular way for Chinese people to enjoy their holidays. Countless people throng to the Forbidden City every year, especially during holidays such as the Golden Week of the National Day holiday, making it hard to move inside the museum. On October 2, 2012, the Forbidden City set a new record for the greatest number of visitors in a single day with 182,000 visitors.
10. Time Square
Times Square, a major commercial area in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, is a must-see attraction when visiting the United States. It boasts a plethora of stores, theaters, and advertising screens, and it is one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the world. It is also one of the world’s most-visited attractions, attracting over 39 million visitors annually. Although the east coast of the United States just experienced its coldest winter in two decades, the annual ball drop on New Year’s Eve of 2013 to 2014 attracted more than 1 million people, according to CNN live reports.