Hong Kong | China: Mid Autumn Festival

One of the most important holidays on the Chinese Calendar, is a celebration dating back 3,000 years, when a gentleman named Chang’e was lifted up to the moon. We’re guessing he was consequently worshiped. This time of the year, the moon is at its fullest and brightest, so China continues to celebrate. This is also known at the Lantern Festival, so you see folks carrying lots of little lanterns and eating a ton of moon cakes.

A light display in Victoria Park.
A light display in Victoria Park.

The festival was more or less Victoria Park decorated with teams of electrical lights, and a few light displays. Nothing fantastic. For some reason, I was expecting something different, a little more traditional. Perhaps we would all huddle around the riverfront, make some charitable donation to receive a modest lantern with candle, light it and watch it float away on warm air and our wishes of good health and prosperity. I guess I’m too romantic or I’ve watched that on the Discovery Channel at some point.

Best part of the Mid Autumn Festival in Hong Kong? This little guy!
Best part of the Mid Autumn Festival in Hong Kong? This little guy!
Manali Patel Bettendorf
Manali Patel Bettendorf
Manali+Terry are world travelers with a passion for exploration, learning new things and connecting with people of different cultures.


  1. hey, just wanna say the story was about a beautiful lady named chang'e flew onto the moon and lived there forever. this is Eden, met u guys at bangkok. hope u remember me and my friend. will come by your website sometimes, hope you two will have a good time on the way.

    • Thanks Eden! We DO remember you and your freind! We are still in Bangkok and actually had dinner again last night, at the same little street side cafe we met, for at least the third time. Hope you made it back home safe to China! Look forward to keeping in touch. If you ever come to USA, please let us know!

      • hey, nice to see your message.
        guess you guys like that little cafe.
        yes, we are already back home and work, but really don't wanna work now:(
        hope to read more interesting stories from u.
        i am watching u……all the time!!
        hope one day we will get chance to visit u in USA
        take care.


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