China National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival

China Holiday

Happy National Day China!  Today, October 1st, is China's National Day… I am sure you can find tons of info on that on-line.  But here are the fundamentals as it relates to your potential travel (this year or in the future)

China National DayThe legal holiday for Chinese National Day is currently 3 days in mainland China, 2 days in Macau and 1 day in Hong Kong. In mainland China, these 3 days are connected with the weekends on both ends creating a 7-day period from October 1st to 7th known as “Golden Week”.

Microsoft is on with the program – Bing.com is appropriately decked out…

Where your travel plans are concerned you need to keep in mind that besides the Chinese New Year (usually in late January / early February), this is the longest public holiday in the country.   The weather is very nice during this time which makes for very nice travel conditions, however, that is what everyone knows and enjoys – therefore creating a very busy travel conditions everywhere in China.  

Here is the schedule for everyone in China:

Oct. 1
(Sun)
Oct. 2
(Mon)
 Oct. 3
(Tue)
Oct. 4
(Wed)
Oct. 5
(Thu)
Oct. 6
(Fri)
Oct. 7
(Sat)
Oct. 8
(Sun)
3 day legal holiday

Mid-Autumn Festival

Enjoy your Mooncakes

Holiday week bookend Completing the Golden Week period

Now some pictures from downtown Shanghai – Nanjing Road of course – with the throngs of people strolling on the National Day… (note to everyone – Gone are the National Day Parade from this area …)

China, Shanghai, National Da
Shanghai
China National Daygallery

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Mid-Autumn Festival 

Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the 'Harvest Moon Festival' or 'Mooncake Festival,' is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated both in China as well as in Chinese communities across the world.  It is usually held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. The name for it in Chinese is Zhōngqiū Jié (中秋节).  This year, the festival was on October 4th.  The origins of the celebration go back many centuries – all the way to 10th century B.C.  It is associated with celebrations of the Fall harvest – the most critical one in the farming economy.  

 

 

 

The festival is associated with Mooncakes and plenty of other pastries that have gradually entered into the celebration.   The traditional mooncakes are everywhere.  They are sold in supermarkets, hotels, …The flling of the mooncake has also taken many shapes and forms over the years.   Historically, the filling is red bean paste or lotus seed paste and in both cases egg yolks in the middle of the cake.   Another very traditional filling is the 5-seed filling:  5 types of nuts and seeds (walnuts, pumpkin, watermellon, peanuts, sesame or almonds) plus added candied winter mellon, jinhua ham, sugar and some flavorings that may differ in different parts of China.  Now they are all sort of other new fillings – some of them pretty good, some weird…

As I mentioned, these days some new forms of cakes are showing up – why?  Just because of experimenting with new forms of flavors, and pastry — all very interesting.  So enjoy!   Here are some photos for reference.

China, Shanghai, Mooncake
Traditional Mooncake
China, Shanghai, Mooncake
Even Metro sells Mooncakes
China, Shanghai, Mooncake
New Cakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival