Chinese mark National Day, Mid Autumn Festival with festive events

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People across China have kicked off their celebrations for the National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival, with many places attracting throngs of tourists for their unique folklore.
In the Taierzhuang Ancient Town in east China’s Shandong Province, more than 20 traditional folk performances such as dragon dance and fish lantern dance are staged from day to night to express the local people’s joy during the festivals.
The events are also attracting tourists coming from all over the country to feel the unique charm of traditional Chinese culture during the current eight-day holiday season starting on October 1.
“On the occasion of these two festivals, I would like to wish our motherland greater prosperity,” said tourist Li Junqiu from Beijing.
In Duanhe Village of north China’s Shanxi Province, the villagers have been busy making mooncakes these days for the Mid-Autumn Festival. A special red sauce was used to decorate the mooncakes and give them a special flavor.
“This is juice made from persimmon. We brush it on top of our mooncakes to express our wish for a sweet life,” said villager Duan Fenzhuai.
As rural tourism is becoming more and more popular over recent years, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has launched a promotional event so far this year for local rural tourism and homestay services. A online voting has also been launched to enable tourists to pick the best homestay facilities in the region.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival under traditional Chinese culture. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar with full moon at night. Mooncakes are traditionally eaten during the festival with the significance of family reunion. Mooncakes have appeared in Western countries as an exotic sweet.

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