Bathing in moonlight: Guide to Mid-Autumn Festival in Guangzhou

Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival, is celebrated annually on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Typically it arrives in September or October. Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival in China after Spring Festival. During this time of year, Chinese will go home for family reunions. This year, Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 15. The 3-day holiday is from September 15 to 17. 

With warm sunny weather and breezy wind, autumn is the best season in Guangzhou. One can enjoy the moonlight and sky on clear evenings. Many outdoor events will be arranged especially for the festival. If you want to be a part of the, invite a few friends and check out one of the following places. 

Lychee Bay Park

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The Lychee Bay Scenic Area is located in XiGuan, Liwan District. Its name originated from the lychee trees planted along the banks of the bay in the old days. During Mid-Autumn Festival, you may bathe in the moonlight with a nice walk around the canal or take a boat ride on the canal. 

A Lantern Riddles Game will take place in the park from September 15 to 17. Lantern riddles are written on lanterns that are displayed. People must guess answers from a word, a poem or a phrase. 

How to get there: 

Metro Line 1, Chang Shou Lu Station, Exit B 

Yuntai Garden, Baiyun Mountain

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Yuntai Garden is at the entrance to Baiyun Mountain. It caters to people who prefer tranquility. More than 200 varieties of flowers are planted in the garden. It is wonderful to watch the moon while enjoying the floral fragrance. 

Mo Xing Ling, one of the major peaks on Baiyun Mountain, with an altitude of 382 meters, is another spot for enjoying moonlight during Mid-Autumn Festival. 

How to get there: 

Buses No. 24, No. 285, B16 to Yuntai Huayuan 

Yuexiu Park and Cultural Park

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Cultural activities are usually held in the two parks during the festival. The most common celebration in past years has been lantern shows. The parks will stay open until midnight for the holiday. 

How to get there: 

Metro Line 2, Yuexiu Park Station, Exit B1 

Cruising along the Pearl River

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The Pearl River cuts through Guangzhou. Many popular attractions can be spotted along the river. In the evening, while cruising, you may watch the bright moon in the sky brightly light the banks. Boats cruise the Pearl River from west to the east. Moon cakes and tea will be served on the cruises. 

How to get there: 

Metro Line 2, Haizhu Square Station, Exit A 

(By Penny Liu, Frankie Zhang, Louis Berney)




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