Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Moon Festival) is the second most important festival in China, after Spring Festival. It’s traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, which usually turns up between early September and early October. This year, Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 27. And when the Festival does come, people from every corner of China return home to their families to eat, talk and reflect upon the past and future.
These days, people in different spots follow different customs, but the sentiment is universal (at least in China): the hope for a brighter future. This is also the time of the year for sentimental moon gazing, and, of course, for the consumption of mooncakes.
If you’re looking to make a trip for the holiday, here are some of the very best options, far and wide.
In China, the coming of the full moon has always been associated with families coming back together- the return home. But in the 1980s, barbecue became a forced to be reckoned with (partially through advertising) and, in Taiwan, the family barbecue became part of the Mid-Autumn Festival tradition.
Grill some meat, then kick up your heels and eat at Homey Hostel in Taipei.
When: September 25, 2015, 10:00 PM
Where: Homey Hostel
Celebrate the full moon in the City of Dreams, because why not? Aside from the traditional mooncakes with white lotus paste and egg yolk, you can wake your palate up with chocolate mooncakes and a variety of fruit flavors. If you order 20 boxes or more, you’ll also enjoy special discounts.
Handmade Chocolate Mooncakes (8 pieces) 4 flavors: passion fruit, durian, raspberry, sour plum. (Price: MOP 288)
White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncakes with two yolks (4 pieces). (Price: MOP 348)
Mid-Autumn Hamper. (Price: MOP 1,388)
Golden Hamper. (Price: MOP 2,388)
Premium Hamper. (Price: MOP 3,888)
Available while stock lasts, and give them 3 days in advance.
When: August 18 – 27 September, 2015
Where: Hard Rock Hotel
Dine under the full moon and the stars this September. The Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou has a cornucopia of food and drink for you to enjoy on this, one of China’s most important holidays. Every diner gets a welcome cocktail, inspired by the flavors of the mooncake
When: September 27, 2015
Where: Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou
The Mid-Autumn Festival is fast approaching! New World Shanghai Hotel has your mooncake hookup. If you head over there now, you can enjoy a serious discount on a gift box of the essential lotus bean dessert.
When: August 24 – September 30, 2015
Where: New World Hotels and Resorts Shanghai
Every year people all over the world celebrate the coming of the harvest time. Beigou is close enough to nature to make this resonate, and along with their neighboring villages, they celebrate the Moon Festival with a feast at Xiaolumian. Red lanterns and moon viewing on a crisp autumn evening, honest, simple food and live folk music make this one of the best options for Mid-Autumn Festival for Beijing locals.
When: September 27, 2015
Where: Xiaolumian, Beijing
While the Mid-Autumn Festival is fast approaching, Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace is offering three Yunnan-inspired options. These are mooncake packages to help you celebrate the Festival. Elegance (RMB 138), Flourish (RMB 158) and Prosperity (RMB 208) are ideal gifts for family and clients. Stuffed with Yunnan ham, rose petal, jasmine petal, etc., the unique Yunnan mooncakes are known for natural and healthy ingredients.
The only international five-star hotel with Yunnan features in Beijing, Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace sports sunset murals, inset mountains, gorges and rainforests, stunning painting featuring Yunnan landscapes and a popular Yunnanese restaurant, Rainbow. Every Mid-Autumn, the hotel brings in delicate Yunnan mooncakes and puts on a festival with a uniquely Yunnanese flavor.
When: September 8 – 27, 2015
Where: Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace