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Old September 2nd, 2008, 11:11 AM   #1
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Moon Festival




The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. It's also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.

The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.

The Moon Festival is also a romantic one. A perfect night for the festival is if it is a quiet night without a silk of cloud and with a little mild breeze from the sea. Lovers spend such a romatic night together tasting the delicious moon cake with some wine while watching the full moon. Even for a couple who can't be together, they can still enjoy the night by watching the moon at the same time so it seems that they are together at that hour. A great number of poetry has been devoted to this romantic festival. Hope the Moon Festival will bring you happiness.

The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky. Here are a few pictures of the typical moon cake.


The picture on the moon cake box


The moon cakes in the box




The Stories of the Moon Festival

I. The Lady - Chang Er



The time of this story is around 2170 B.C. The earth once had ten suns circling over it, each took its turn to illuminate to the earth. But one day all ten suns appeared together, scorching the earth with their heat. The earth was saved by a strong and tyrannical archer Hou Yi. He succeeded in shooting down nine of the suns. One day, Hou Yi stole the elixir of life from a goddess. However his beautiful wife Chang Er drank the elixir of life in order to save the people from her husband's tyrannical rule. After drinking it, she found herself floating and flew to the moon. Hou Yi loved his divinely beautiful wife so much, he didn't shoot down the moon.

Note: Chang'e 1 Lunar orbiter was launched to the moon on October 24, 2007. The Chang'e moon satellite, named after Chang Er, will take 3-D images of the moon surface for yearlong. This is the groundwork for the next Lunar Lander (Chang'e 2) project in 2012 , Lunar Sample Return (Chang'e 3) in 2017 and Chinese astronaut on the moon project.

II. The Man - Wu Kang


Wu Kang was a shiftless fellow who changed apprenticeships all the time. One day he decided that he wanted to be an immortal. Wu Kang then went to live in the mountains where he importuned an immortal to teach him. First the immortal taught him about the herbs used to cure sickness, but after three days his characteristic restlessness returned and he asked the immortal to teach him something else. So the immortal to teach him chess, but after a short while Wu Kang's enthusiasm again waned. Then Wu Kang was given the books of immortality to study. Of course, Wu Kang became bored within a few days, and asked if they could travel to some new and exciting place. Angered with Wu Kang's impatience, the master banished Wu Kang to the Moon Palace telling him that he must cut down a huge cassia tree before he could return to earth. Though Wu Kang chopped day and night, the magical tree restored itself with each blow, and thus he is up there chopping still.


III. The Hare - Jade Rabbit

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In this legend, three fairy sages transformed themselves into pitiful old men and begged for something to eat from a fox, a monkey and a rabbit. The fox and the monkey both had food to give to the old men, but the rabbit, empty-handed, offered his own flesh instead, jumping into a blazing fire to cook himself. The sages were so touched by the rabbit's sacrifice that they let him live in the Moon Palace where he became the "Jade Rabbit."


IV. The Cake - Moon Cake

During the Yuan dynasty (A.D.1280-1368) China was ruled by the Mongolian people. Leaders from the preceding Sung dynasty (A.D.960-1280) were unhappy at submitting to foreign rule, and set how to coordinate the rebellion without it being discovered. The leaders of the rebellion, knowing that the Moon Festival was drawing near, ordered the making of special cakes. Backed into each moon cake was a message with the outline of the attack. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the government. What followed was the establishment of the Ming dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644). Today, moon cakes are eaten to commemorate this legend.

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Old September 2nd, 2008, 07:14 PM   #2
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Jade "mooncakes"


A jewelry shop-assistant in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, displays a carved jade "mooncake" on Sunday. The mooncake-shaped jade crafts are expected to sell out before the Mid-autumn Festival which falls on September 14 this year


A jewelry shop-assistant in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, displays carved jade "mooncakes" on Sunday. The mooncake-shaped jade crafts are expected to sell out before the Mid-autumn Festival which falls on September 14 this year
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I already have my mooncakes ,I can eat 4 in a day !
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 07:25 AM   #4
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they will make you fat(ter)
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 11:11 AM   #5
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they will make you fat(ter)
I know you will say that

When I was on holiday in HK this summer,I ate the ice moon cake almost everyday.

My mooncake and 猪肉干 snacks in HK,they all yummy !




Tofu ice cream

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The biggest moon cake made in Sichuan this year.



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I love moon cakes, I haven't tried many untraditional ones though.
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You have to try Maxin's ice moon cake,they are excellent !
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taiwan's Ganso moon cakes (元祖月饼) are still the BEST throughout Greater China.

http://www.ganso.com.cn/
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Ice-cream moon cake?
Hong Kong people don't like it anymore.
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A staff member of a food factory shows a pair of lovers' mooncakes marked with Chinese characters "Xi" meaning marital bliss in Huaibei, east China's Anhui Province, Sept. 11, 2008. Such specially designed mooncakes are favored among lovers who are ready to get married during the three-day holiday of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday for family reunion and enjoying mooncakes together, that falls on Sept. 14 this year

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Volunteers for the Beijing Paralympic Games show the mooncakes they make at a Paralympics city volunteer stand near the Xidan Shopping Center in downtown Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 11, 2008.


A foreign tourist (R) learns how to make a mooncake with volunteers for the Beijing Paralympic Games at a Paralympics city volunteer stand near the Xidan Shopping Center in downtown Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 11, 2008
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Pupils of No 4 Primary School of Nanyang, Henan province, show off the mooncakes made by themselves at the city's Dashifu bakery on Tuesday. The school organized the activity for students to learn about the traditions of the Mid-autumn Festival
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Hope the skies will be clear for the moon!
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I got some green bean ones this year

Didn't say anything on the packaging about green bean. It's quite strange.
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Happy Mooncake Festival All Buddies! 祝所有网友中秋快乐!

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to everyone !

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mooncakes are gross , i wish they tasted more like green bean cakes
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yeah, i hate the disgustful taste too.
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hehe, it's good for breakfast or after-meal desert. By tradition, Chinese people don't like sweet food in the main course so it's hard to consume all the moon cakes during mid-autumn festival.
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