The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节), also called the Chinese Moon Festival, is one of the most important annual festivals for the Chinese people (in addition to the Spring Festival, aka Chinese New Year) and is an official holiday. Perhaps most importantly, it is a day for family reunion. This lively festival takes place on the 15th day of the 8th Chinese lunar month every year, so its exact date by the Western calendar is different every time. Full of joy and happiness, friends and loved ones gather to celebrate a time when the moon is at its fullest and brightest of the whole year, and everyone gathers together to delight in eating moon cakes and appreciating the spectacular beauty of the full moon.
In 2016, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 15. Get free Chinese moon cakes by booking any tour during Chinese Moon Festival (Sep.15 - Sep. 17, 2016)!
Enjoy the Biggest Moon in China
Transport during Chinese Moon Festival
Every year, several days before and after the Mid-Autumn Festival, millions of Chinese people who live away from home usually return home for a family reunion. These mass commutes typically bring many inconveniences and complications to transportation and accommodation. Thus, if you choose to travel during this period, you need to make adequate preparations before the trip. This includes booking tickets and hotels several days in advance.
Then especially in , the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday directly corresponds with China's National Day holiday which is an additional peak traveling period in China when hotels raise prices and booking train flight tickets is very difficult. In short, traveling to China during this period may be much more inconvenient and difficult than usual, so if you do not like large crowds or lines, it may be best to reconsider your schedule for visiting the country.
What to pack?
While traveling to China during the Mid-Autumn Festival, you need to bring long-sleeved coats and even sweaters to some areas in the north of China. It is usual to feel cool in the day and cold at night. In central China, bring long-sleeved coats and pants, for it is warm in the day and a slightly cool at night. In the south of China, due to the generally warm weather, you only need to wear shorts and short-sleeved shirts. There may be some rainfall in some areas, thus an umbrella may become useful.
Be careful of Poisonous Snakes and Noxious Insects Outdoors
Travelers who enjoy natural beauty should be careful of snakes during this holiday time because they come out frequently in autumn. Snakes like to lurk in dense bushes, grasslands, narrow stone crevices, or by the river. If you touch them inadvertently, they will attack you. Thus, be extremely careful when you pass these areas where snakes prefer to reside. If you are attacked by a poisonous snake, squeeze out the venom and promptly go to a doctor.
The autumn is also a top time for insects to come out to give out bites that may burn or itch afterwards, another reason why long sleeves and covered protection is a good idea.
Be Careful of Pollen Allergies
In autumn, a number of allergic diseases and respiratory illnesses may be caused by pollen of flowers and other plants. According to clinical medicine, there are over 200 kinds of pollen that can induce illnesses such as allergies, bronchial asthma, rhinitis, pharyngitis, headaches, dizziness, and hypertension. Thus, when traveling in nature in the season of the Mid-Autumn Festival, pay extreme attention to the air. Do not pick these unknown wild flowers, and if you are highly allergic to pollen, you need to wear a respirator.
Best Place to See the Moon
Whether standing in front of the Forbidden City in Beijing, behind the Ancient City Wall in Xi’an,close to Fubo Hill in Guilin,next to the Yulong River in Yangshuo,or somewhere along the Bund in Shanghai, tourists can enjoy the wonderful night view and the cool autumn breeze with the Best of China and Karst Landscape Tour . The festival falls on September 15, 2016; October 4, 2017; and September 24, 2018.
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