Golden Week refers to the country’s holiday marking the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
An impressive number of people in China typically find themselves trying to get home or take holidays during this annual holiday period.
But this year has added significance, with the crowds filling the concourses pointing to a country rebounding from the coronavirus outbreak and parading the freedom to travel as a contrast to the rolling lockdowns hitting much of the world.
"Normally, we would take a family holiday abroad... but this year we opted for a staycation instead," said Niu Honglin from Shanghai.
Niu booked rooms in a boutique hotel near Shanghai Disneyland but quickly encountered the problem of millions of extra tourists hunting fun at home.
"My daughter had to wait in line for nearly three hours to get on a ride," she said.
Domestic travel has sprung back to life and given the economy a boost after the virus shuttered businesses and scared away tourists following its emergence in Wuhan late last year.