Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mooncake Festival

Zhongqiu Jie - Mid Autumn (or simply Mooncake) Festival - is one of China's most important, held in Sept/Oct to celebrate the end of harvest and when the moon as at its fullest. Here it is at midnight from that muddy field yesterday. Everyone gives mooncakes to each other. They're basically pastries filled with bean paste or dates, nuts, Lotus seeds... depends what region you're from. We like the nutty innards and less oily crust.

Anyway, it's a public holiday and unlike yesterday it's a beautifully sunny day so we combine continued unpacking with a visit to Chaoyang Park.

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