Places to Go this Mid-Autumn Festival
Mid-Autumn Festival is the grandest celebration the Chinese have after the Lunar New Year Celebration. As the round shape of the full moon symbolizes unity in Chinese culture, every year for this one night, families and friends would gather together for yummy mooncakes, varicoloured lanterns and maybe just a simple dinner.
This year, the festival falls on September 27 – a Sunday (!), which means you would have all the time to celebrate the day with your loved ones. Here are some places you can go this Mid-Autumn Festival after your family dinner for a little festive fun. For visitors who just happened to be visiting Hong Kong, these places would give a taste of Chinese culture at its finest and jolliest.
1) Lantern Carnivals
Spectacular lantern carnivals would be held all over Hong Kong during the Mid-Autumn Festival, with the biggest ones being held in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Shatin Park and Tsing Yi Park.
These all-in-one events are great for the whole family. While kids are having fun guessing lantern riddles, palm-reading or just running around with their beautiful lanterns, parents can sit and enjoy the lantern displays and performances featuring classical songs and dance and traditional stage arts. There are even game stalls and food stalls. The best of all: FREE ENTRANCE.
This year the lantern display at Victoria Peak would be themed around Hong Kong in its older days. The carnival at Shatin Park would feature a 5-metre tall lantern, while Tsing Yi Park would be filled with lanterns of various animals.
2) Fire Dragon Dance
Fire Dragon Dance is a tradition performance unique to Hong Kong in which performers recreate a giant fire dragon using incense sticks – hence the fire dragon. Way back in time, the dance was performed to chase away the bad luck from the village. Nowadays, this tradition has been so unique and special that it is listed as one of China’s intangible cultural heritages.
Even for a person born and raised here in Hong Kong, this amazing performance that oozes culture and history never cease to amaze me. This would be an eye-opening experience, especially for visitors who want a real taste of Hong Kong’s culture and history. There are two places you can enjoy this performance: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay and Pok Fu Lam Village. Pok Fu Lam Village is a bit remote but it would be a true local celebration.
Details are as followed and click here to know a little more about the tradition.
Though there are numerous amazing events held during the Mid-Autumn Festival, we must not let these activities take our attention away from the main focus – the beautiful big full moon up in the sky. It’s good to give yourself some off time to chat with your friends and family, look up into the sky and just admire nature for its beauty.
- Way up High: The Peak and Kowloon Peak
Pretty self-explanatory, getting up high not only takes you closer to the moon, but also gives you an amazing night view while separating you from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. The Peak always offers an exceptional bird-eye view of how beautiful Hong Kong is, but the Kowloon Peak also gives you great panoramic views. It might take you a while to get up there to the peaks, but when you are there, you would feel you can almost touch the moon.
- Serenity in the City: Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park and West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
It’s always good to get away from the city lights so that you get to admire the marvelous beauty of the moon in all its glory. Parks would be good places for moon-watching if you prefer to go somewhere accessible. When any local parks near your home would do, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Park and West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade both offer abundant space for you and your family to have a small picnic and just chat under the moonlight.
- Closer to Nature: Beaches
For the ultimate experience, go to a beach and enjoy the beauty of the full moon when listening to wave splashes and enjoying the cool sea breeze. Check out our picks for Hong Kong’s best beaches here.
4) DIY Activities
Want something unconventional but still tied to the spirit of the Mid-Autumn Festival? Why not try some DIY activities at home?
From custard mooncakes to red bean mooncakes to traditional mooncakes, there are an abundance of recipes online. DIY cooking would be an amazing activity for kids especially.
Red Bean Mooncakes
Mid-Autumn Festival wouldn’t be completed without your own little lantern. Search online again for a little art-and-craft tutorial to make your own lanterns. Here for example, is a tutorial teaching you how to make your own Minion lantern:
Last but not least, Mid-Autumn Festival is more about who you spend with than what you do. Hope you guys have an amazing festival!