festival

Tag Archive
Uncategorised

Yin Yang Music Festival, dancing on the great wall

Yin Yang electronic music festival

Dancing people in front and behind the DJ on the wall
Dancing right on top of the wall thanks to this DJ-desk which was the smallest of the 3 stages but by far the best of the festival in my opinion.

Yin Yang electronic music festival

I am sure you have all seen a festival after movie. While you watch them, shivers are going down your spine. You see these beautiful girls with hot pants, glitter in the face and sunglasses in nighttime. Topless six-pack guys dancing, everything filmed in slow motion. All along with crazy costumes lights and colors with fancy background and stages. Picture it like the open-air version of “Cirque du Soleil”.

People obviously enjoying their time and life. And while you watch this, picture yourself sitting alone on your couch or in the hallway of the university. Suddenly think of how your life sucks because you were not there…this applies to every of these after movies. Be it an electro-, pop-, or metal-festival (of course the colors and background may vary).

Surprise and excitement

If you know this feeling you maybe understand the excitement me and my fellow student went through. We were watching the after movie of last years “yin-yang” festival on the great wall in China. It was all there, face-glitter-girls dancing, sunglasses-guy topless dancing, everyone smiling and being happy and some cool Chinese dude smoking a cigarette, all in slow motion. All accompanied by a powerful beat that seemed to be made only for this video.

 

One of the patios with the camping tents so rounded by small cabins. On the pathway a game of the famous “flunky-ball” is being prepared.

As China is known for its amazing electronic music festivals (this was ironic) we were surprised. But on the spot, we decided to attend this years “yin-yang” festival. After showing the after movie to several other fellow students, many of them joined the quest and the fellowship of “yin-yang” festival. We rent a bus including a driver to get to the location near Beijing approx. 700 km away from Qingdao.

 

The yin-yang sign in the middle of the main stage
The place in front of the main stage. A yin-yang sign in the middle

The journey and arrival

The 8-hour drive was exhausting but forgotten once we were greeted by pounding music. The weather was good and warm and it looked all as it did in the video. Beautiful landscape, round red doors and Grey brick walls classical Chinese roofs and the great wall meandering across the valley. A lot of western people were there but also a bunch of Chinese. We had a hard time to find a free space in one of the many patios to set up our tents. After setting up our “accommodation” we went to the main stage for the opening act. I was looking forward to the crowd of people, slow motion dancing, girls in fancy dresses and sunglasses accompanied by the typical festival guy with baseball hat and tank top. The reality was not at all alike. It was a little disappointing. It seemed not to be that cool, the people were just standing around holding themselves tight on their drinks. But later the evening the better it got and by nighttime everyone was in the “slow-motion mood”. Lights colors a laser show on the castle wall of the great wall all together with us in the middle. And suddenly it changed to be like these after movies.

People in front of the wall and a laceshow dancing
People enjoying the music in the nighttime and front of the wall on the main stage

The festival

When you are in the festival mode you stop caring too much about certain things like sleep, accommodation, weather and hygiene. But you will also have instant comradeship with all the fellow visitors and play “flunkyball” with strangers. As always on festivals, it started raining. But let me tell you the feeling of dancing on the great wall, let me forget even the rain. On the second day it rained like in a shower. After minutes, we were wet to the bone, but all carried on dancing. The girl with glitter and hot pants, the guy with sunglasses, his tiny backpack and tank top and the whole crowd continued until all were dry again. Only from the heat of their bodies. You get the feeling of belonging together for these three days of a festival, sharing the same spirit.

Amazingly all of it in China. I cannot stress enough to you how it was a once in a lifetime experience dancing on the wall in front of this ancient Chinese background. A background that would have been a suitable one for movies like “The house of flying daggers” or “Red Cliff”. After all, and once again China showed its vast number of different facets. And left me back with loads of new impressions.

Near the end of the festival, the wall slowly emptied
After two days of festival a portrait of a cannon and me on the great wall

Leaving

On the last day I walked out the entrance past a couple of older Chinese, guards in security uniforms, they were sitting and smoking, like a link in to the past, observing the visitors leaving. The valley would soon sink back into quietness and peace, until next year when electronic music will peal once again from the valleys hillsides like drums did once. In the after movie a crowd in slow motion with good weather and lighting will convey the feeling of festivals. While we were driving back to Qingdao in nighttime, exhausted from the festival full with memories. I could not help thinking that soon somewhere someone will be sitting and watching a magical after-movie.

 

Uncategorised

Qingdao International Beer Festival

Nun war ich auch endlich auf dem sagenumwobenen Qingdao International Beer Festival. Man muss dazu sagen, dass während das Beer Festival stattfindet, sich die Stadt in einem absoluten Ausnahmezustand befindet. Die Straßen und Busse sind einfach doppelt so verstopft, wie sonst eh schon. In der drei Wochen strömen ganze 4 Mio. Menschen in die chinesischen Bierzelte. Wenn man bedenkt, dass das originale Münchener Oktoberfest, dem hier in jeglicher Sicht nachgeeifert wird, gerade auf nur 2 Mio. Besucher mehr kommt, ist das schon eine Hausnummer!Aber nun zum Wesentlichen. Wir haben uns am besagten Tag in einen der überfüllten Busse gequetscht und sind entgegen aller Erwartungen alle heil am Veranstaltungsgelände angekommen. Einmal drinnen mussten wir uns erst mal zwischen den zahlreichen Bierzelten entscheiden. Auch für den verwöhnten Biergaumen ist sicher die richtige Geschmacksrichtung dabei. Schon alleine aufgrund der deutschen Historie liegt der Fokus deutlich auf deutschen Bieren. Da geht einem doch glatt das Herz auf!

InternChina - Beer Festival
InternChina – Beer Festival

Aber auch die Freunde von internationalen Bieren kommen deutlich auf ihre Kosten. Von Carlsberg, über Corona, bis hin zu Budweiser. Hier lässt sich das Qingdao International Beer Festival auf jeden Fall schon mal nicht lumpen. Das einzig negative ist, dass es zumindest nicht für Sparfüchse gemacht ist. Aber ich meine, wenn man schon dem Münchener Oktoberfest nacheifern will, warum dann bei der Preisstruktur halt machen. Konsequent sind die Chinesen zumindest schon mal!

Aber da wir ja alle mittlerweile schon ein bisschen länger in Qingdao leben, haben wir als erstes Zelt, das neu ins Herz geschlossene Tsingtao Beer auserkoren. Als wir also da saßen und genüsslich unsere Biere geschlürft haben, hat uns ein Chinese angesprochen, ob denn nicht einige von uns bei einem Biertrink- Wettbettwerb mitmachen sollen. Naiv wie wir sind, haben wir natürlich zugesagt. Was uns aber natürlich keiner gesagt hat, dass das Ganze auf einer riesen Programmbühne vor geschätzten 10.000 Leuten und mit Live-Übertragung ins chinesische Fernsehen stattfinden sollte. Aber nun war das Kind schließlich schon in den Brunnen gefallen. Hinzu kam noch, dass wir nicht wie erwartet, alle zusammen antreten sollten, sondern jeder einzeln eine 0,6 Flasche Tsingtao Bier so schnell wie möglich trinken musste. Mit notariell bestätigter Zeitmessung und allem was dazugehört.

InternChina - Tsingtao
InternChina – Tsingtao

Als erstes wurde eine Gruppe von Chinesen auf die Bühne gerufen, um gegeneinander anzutreten und die sahen nicht nur auf den ersten Blick extrem trinkfest aus. Nicht das man nicht vorher schon nervös war, aber die Tatsache, dass alle von Ihnen gerade mal 4 bis 5 Sekunden für die ganze Falsche gebraucht haben, hat es nicht gerade besser gemacht. Da drängt sich einem natürlich die Frage, wie man aus der ganzen Geschichte mit halbwegs erhobenen Haupt rauskommen soll, wenn man unverhofft vor einer riesigen, grölenden Meschenmasse gegen chinesische Profitrinker, die anscheinend keinen Schluckreflex besitzen, antreten muss und dein Gesicht groß genug auf der Leinwand zu sehen ist, um jedes Haar einzeln zu zählen?
Aber wir haben uns auf jeden Fall mehr als achtsam aus der Affäre gezogen. Fassen wir es mal so zusammen: Wir waren dem Hauptpreis, einem funkelnagelneuen Auto, nicht mal im Ansatz nahe, aber wir haben die Show mal so richtig angeheizt. Hinter die Misson “Legendenstatus erarbeiten” kann auf jeden Fall schon mal ein großer Haken gemacht werden.

InternChina - Group photo
InternChina – Group photo

PS.: Der oder die schnellste von uns hat knapp 7 Sekunden gebraucht, aber wir verraten nicht wer! Komm nach China und genieße Qingdao Bier! Bewirb dich jetzt!

By Jan Beisenbach

Cultural, Events in Zhuhai, Internship Experience, Things To Do in Zhuhai, Zhuhai InternChina Events, Zhuhai Nightlife

“Super duper” Beishan Festival

Beishan World Music Festival was on last weekend. Saturday night has been a great party night for most of our Zhuhai interns. It was quite easy to grab a ticket, as the ticket counter is usually at the main entrance to the Beishan terrain. One-Day-Tickets for the festival cost are 99RMB,- and the fun kicked off at around 06:00 p.m.

InternChina-Beishan World Music Festival
InternChina-Beishan World Music Festival

The atmosphere at Beishan Festival is quite nice. The company, which organised the event is also responsible for the protection and development of intangible cultural heritage at this cultural and creative industry park, where the festival was held. It’s a small but excellent festival at an extraordinary place. Many of the local bars and restaurants in Zhuhai supported the event so there was great food and beverages on offer! They provided a food corner where they prepared food for sale from different parts of the world.

I enjoyed the concert with Ray Lema VSNP Quintet on Sunday most.

All together there were three stages, each with different kinds of music. The open-air stage close to the entrance seemed to give mainly local performers the chance to show their talent while, at the roofed main-stage international talents from France, Great Britain, Korea, The Netherlands and other surrounding countries were welcomed to show off their music styles.

As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed the kind of freestyle form by Ray Lema VSNP Quintet. They played a kind of Jazz I’ve never heard before. Finally the lead singer of this group invited a boy from Zhuhai, onto stage. He was invited to perform with his saxophone together with the group. You could really see the fire in his eyes when he had the chance to show his skills.

InternChina - Ray Lema VSNP Quintet
InternChina – Ray Lema VSNP Quintet

As we have been placed some interns at the company who organised this festival, a few of them were around to help at several points. I met happy, well-known people everywhere around the festival, it  created a good opportunity for local people to meet.

After the concerts on Saturday most interns headed over to the official after party in Ningxi. When I spoke with our interns most of them told us the after-party was great. Two Macau-based artists came over to DJ.

The International music festival’s organising company helps charities, well-known artists exhibitions. It has committed itself to create one of the best cultural and creative industry parks in South China, making significant contributions to culture and creativity

Experience all the musical and cultural events that Zhuhai has to offer or do an internship in a creative, cultural and open-minded company! Apply now for an internship or email us for more information.

Eating out in Zhuhai, Internship Experience, Things To Do in Zhuhai, Weekend Trips, Zhuhai InternChina Events, Zhuhai Nightlife

Crazy Weather

Dear reader,
When you read this I might already be drowned by heavy rain or burned by scorching sunlight. The past few day’s weather in Zhuhai has been crazy!

“April, April, der macht was er will.”

This weekend – which was a long one thanks to the Chinese Qingming Holiday – is a good example of crazy weather. Starting with a sunny Friday morning, which really got our office in the holiday spirit, but then continued with clouds and mist. It was still quite warm though. After work we went for dinner, drinks and Go-Karting – it was the first time ever for me… I loved it!! 😀

Then we had an awesome Saturday with sunshine all day. As I had a visitor from Harbin, we went to a palace which is a replica of the summer palace in Beijing. We walked around in the park behind it and climbed a mountain to have a look over Zhuhai. From the peak we could also see Macau. Afterwards we went to the beach, grabbing a cold drink on our way. The day ended with a Korean BBQ, a walk on Barstreet and dancing in a club called Miu Miu. We have some quite descent dancers in our interns group!

As you can imagine, our Sunday started rather late. But it wasn’t too bad as it was raining. On our way to get some waffles and noodles for brunch, we had to negotiate our way around and over puddles. Sure the paper bag with our waffles inside got wet and ripped. Although we didn’t mind as I managed to save the waffles. Being back in the apartment we crawled underneath our blankets on the couch and watched a movie while enjoying our food. It was really cozy. ^.^

For dinner we met some interns at a Muslim restaurant, and then we went to their apartment for a relaxing bottle or two of Tsingtao and some baijiu! It was interesting to listen to some of  the stories from our interns who have already been here for quite a long time. Most of them were quite tired from the weekend’s partying  so far and some had to work the next day, so we didn’t stay up too late.

I was in a fortunate position as I had the Monday off. So after I hung up my freshly washed clothes above the balcony to dry and had breakfast; I took Li to my favorite place in Zhuhai: the underground market. Of course I couldn’t resist buying some clothes and perfume. Oh and the weather… it was dry and a little sunny in the morning. After we left the underground the rain started again. We hurried underneath a sushi stand were we enjoyed some tasty morsels whilst watching the rain pour down. Later in the evening it was dry again – unlike my clothes above the balcony…!!

We decided to the Factory (a bar in Huafa) were they had a ‘Happy Monday – Buy one, get one free’ offer. On our way there we stopped to see a water fountain show. Who needs Vegas?! As they make really good Pizzas in the Factory we ordered two and got four. Awesome! But I was sooo stuffed afterwards. We then had a fun round of darts together!

It was a great weekend.

See you and 再见,

Gianna aka Gini aka 吉娜

 

Chinese Festivals, Cultural, InternChina News, Internship Experience, Qingdao Blogs, Things To Do in Qingdao, Travel, Weekend Trips

Trip to Tai’Shan

7000 Steps … that doesn’t sound that much to you? It definitely didn’t sound that much to me either until I had to climb all of them up the make it to the top of Tai’Shan.
Due to the Mid-Autumn Festival we all got three days off. While all the Chinese Families gathered together to enjoy the holidays we thought it be a great opportunity for a 2-day trip. We already heard a lot about Tai’Shan, one of the “Five Great Mountains” of China.

InternChina-Tai-Shan,-one-of-the-Five-Great-Mountains-of-China
InternChina-Tai’Shan, one of the “Five Great Mountains” of China

While organizing, we also found out that close to Mount Tai is also another interesting sight, Qufu, the hometown of Confucius. Therefore we combined these both trips;  in Qufu we went to see the three most famous cultural sites of the city, collectively known as San Kong, “The Three Confucian sites”, which are the Temple of Confucius, the Cemetery of Confucius, and the Kong Family. Together, these three sites have been listed as aUNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

InternChina-Interns-in-front-of-the-Confucius-Temple
InternChina- Interns in front of the Confucius Temple

Visiting temples, sounds pretty great doesn’t it?! 😛 Well we definitely made the best out of it, rented a little carriage to do a horse ride from one site to the other to save our strength for the way up the mountain in the evening. 🙂

InternChina-Renting-a-horse-and-carriage-in-Qufu
InternChina- Renting a horse and carriage in Qufu

At about 7pm we took our next train to Tai’Shan. It was already dark and all of us were very excited about climbing up the mountain. Arrival in Tai’Shan; Be careful, there are a lot of taxi drivers who want to convince you that you need to buy water, food and lamps at a local store, pretty overpriced, before getting to the mountain…this is not necessary! There are tons of little stands on the bottom and also on the way up you can buy water, food and souvenirs every few meters.

Then we started hiking, or walking steps…and we were walking…and walking…and walking…1,5 hours later we arrived at a bigger site with some restaurants…yes! Finally close to the top!…Not…It was the middle! Haha…OMG how can we hike up to this tiny little lights on the top in the distance? 🙂 Well, no excuses, we should keep on climbing up the stairs…so we climbed and climbed…more and more stairs…and finally after a lot of swears and OMGs, we arrived pretty exhausted at the top of the mountain!

InternChina-The-Tai'Shan-Parka-Crew
InternChina- The Tai’Shan Parka Crew

Finally on the top it was freezing, so we rented some huge parkas,  and played some games until the morning, to see the famous sunrise on top of the mountain. Sadly we couldn’t see it because it was too foggy, epic fail! 😛 But we still had a great time and we’re really proud of ourselves to have made it to the top.

InternChina-Chinese-Sleeping-Train-on-the-way-to-Qingdao
InternChina- Chinese Sleeping Train on the way to Qingdao

We walked all the way back down, which was also more exhausting than expected, and were all really happy when we were finally lying, after 30 hours, in our beds on the train back to Qingdao. For those who don’t like stairs, the mountain also has a cable car to take people up and down the mountain so now you have no reason not to visit this great mountain and see if you can catch the sunrise and tell us about it!

You can also apply here to have your own awesome experience with Chinese holidays!

Chinese Festivals

My first spring festival in Qingdao

I arrived in Qingdao with the spring festival at the same time. It is my first time in China and therefore it was my first spring festival here, and all I can say is that it was amazing!

The Chinese are going crazy during spring festival that means that there are fireworks days and nights. At the beginning I was really scared about it and I was alone in my big two floors apartment and all the fireworks outside were so loud that I couldn’t sleep and with each firework I was standing at my window and admired the beautiful fireworks outside. I live on the 7th floor therefore I had the best view by the way. In the next days I became accustomed to the fireworks and I was not that much scared anymore and was able to have some sleep luckily.

The fireworks here in China are not comparable with the fireworks which we know from Germany!! It’s completely different. The fireworks are totally huge and you can buy different kinds of fireworks on every corner: Mickey Mouse, SpongeBob, dolls and more and more funny and cool fireworks. The spring festival is China’s biggest festival in the whole year; therefore I am very happy that I had the chance to be here during Chinese spring festival and had the opportunity to see such a wonderful festival here in Qingdao. I didn’t know before that when I start my internship in February that such a big festival is waiting for me!!

InternChina also planned a firework for us interns, first we had great dinner at a chinese restaurant and afterwards we made our own firework! Everyone brought some fireworks and we had a great and cold firework night all together!

To be here at spring festival has also another big advantage, after one week working I had one week free due to the spring festival, which was perfect for me!! I took the opportunity and conquered Qingdao. I made a lot of sightseeing and checked out all shopping malls successfullyJ. And last but not least, when you are here during spring festival a lot of different and delicious fruits, coated with sugar are sold, you really have to try it out it’s so tasty!!

I can just recommend you to come here during spring festival and enjoy two awesome weeks!! I can promise that it will be an unforgettable and amazing experience for you!!

If you would like to make a wonderful experience in china, than apply now via email info@internchina.com or directly on our website!

by lisa 
Chinese Festivals

Exploring the Chinese Flower Markets

Before Chinese New Year is a great chance to explore the Cantonese Flower Markets!

They have a beautiful variety of flowers to choose from – the Cantonese Flower Market is simply a must see. Every Chinese New Year the Cantonese will put up a tangerine tree inside their house. They then decorate this tree with red paper envelopes which are containing money, after that they look quite like a Christmas tree. The Cantonese believe the Tangerine tree to be a symbol of good luck.
The Cantonese Flower Market is starting on a different date, since the traditional Chinese calendar changes every year, but it is always midnight around 12 a.m. So during those 3 days you can buy a lot of different flowers to have a nice Chinese new year.

InternChina – Gate

InternChina – Flower Market

 

 

 

InternChina – Flower

 

InternChina – Rose

 

InternChina – Experience the Spring Festival

Explore the wonders of Spring Festival together with Xavier! Send us your enquiry to info@internchina.com or apply directly through our website!

Chinese Festivals, Cultural

The Winter Solstice

Do you know the Winter Solstice? Have you heard of solar term?

The Winter Solstice in China

There are 24 solar terms in a year in Chinese calendar, such as Spring begins, Great heat – The Winter Solstice is the 22nd solar term in a year, most times it’s on 22nd Dec (sometimes on 21st or 23rd) and it is the day that the sun radiates the earth on the tropic of Capricorn directly, so the daytime is shortest and the night is the longest in the Northern Hemisphere during the whole year. In ancient China, people thought the day was important, it was worth being celebrated.

The way to celebrate
The history of celebrating the Winter Solstice can be tracked back to Han Dynasty, but the way to celebrate is different from today, it was more grand in ancient times. Almost all the emperors paid attention to the Winter Solstice, even the emperors in Qing Dynasty attended the ceremony every year to celebrate.

InternChina – We Make Dumplings

Nowadays in northern China, people always make and eat dumplings with the family to celebrate. Why do people eat dumplings on the Winter Solstice? Because there is a story: if you don’t eat dumplings on the Winter Solstice, your ears will be frozen off in winter! Of course it’s fake. People made up the story to let all people eat dumplings and drink the soup of dumplings to keep warm in cold winter and to keep the memory of Chinese Medicine holy.
People in southern China eat glue pudding and something else instead of dumplings to celebrate, such as red bean rice in Jiangnan area, rice balls in some other areas in southern China.

Is there any tradition in your country to celebrate the Winter Solstice? Please share with us! Come to China, live in a host family and learn more about Chinese culture: info@internchina.com or check out our website www.internchina.com

By Amber
Chinese Festivals, Cultural, Things To Do in Zhuhai, Travel

Singles Day in China

InternChina – Singles Day

InternChina – Bachelor Power

InternChina – 11

Guang gun jie
Have you heard of the Singles Day? It’s on 11th November every year.
Do you know why the Singles Day is on that day?
“Guang gun”
*Old meaning:“guang gun” means “bachelor” in Chinese. It refers to men who are still single after the age that other people are get married .Because they have no skills ,no money ,no charming appearance….. there are no girls who want to marry them! In the past the name ‘Guang Gun’ was used to make fun of these bachelors…
But now, there is no stigma attached to the name and just means someone who is not in a relationship.
Origin of “Singles Day”
There are different kinds of origin theories of Singles Day.
* An old story goes that once there were four single men, leading very boring lives. None of them were married, or had lovers, or did anything exciting. They just sat around all day playing Mahjong.
One day they played Mahjong from 11 in the morning until 11 at night. During the game, no matter who won, the winning card was always the ‘four columns’ card (the card shows four independent, parallel columns in two lines). Even more of a coincidence, it was Nov 11, or 11/11. In order to commemorate the day, they nicknamed it Singles Day.
* Another story goes that the Singles Day started in the 1990s in Nanjing(the capital city of Jiangsu Province , China).College students found that on 11th November, the date contained all the number 1’s and they thought that day should be celebrated for singles because 1 is a single number in China.
*11th November ,2011 was called “Shen Gun Jie” which means the supreme Singles Day, because it was 11.11.11
How to celebrate
*Send messages to friends: such as – ‘Bachelor’s Day is coming’, ‘birds are in love’, and my favourites… ‘ants are cohabiting’, ‘the fly is pregnant’, ‘the butterfly has divorced’ and ‘even the ugly frog has a baby, why are you still single?’

*Behavior: eat 4 youtiaos (deep-fried dough sticks)as breakfast to represent the four “one”s in “11.11”,take bus No.11,basically choose everything which has an 11 in it!
*Dinner: The main way to celebrate Singles Day is to have dinner with friends to celebrate. Even if you are single or not it’s important that each person pays their own way to show their independence.
*Date & Marriage: Many singles also choose to say goodbye to their single lives on this day. Many attend ”blind date” parties and many people even choose to marry on this day. In addition to meaning ”single” the four “ones” of the date can also mean ”only one ”as in “the only one for me”. Some people will use this date and this meaning to tell their special someone that they are the only “one” in their heart.
Single’s Day is very popular in China and some other countries now ,How do you plan to enjoy your Singles Day this year? Would you like to join a Singles Day party here in China?

You want to meet new people or celebrate Single’s Day in China? Apply now for an internshipin China and enjoy unique moments!

China Mid Autumn Festival Mooncake
Chinese Festivals, Cultural

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival, the “Zhongqiu” festival is the one of the traditional family-gathering-days for China. Every 15th, August of the Moon Calendar, Chinese people will gather around and have moon-cakes with their families while enjoying the glorious full moon. Already in 《Rites of Chou》, a chefdoeuvre of Confucianism in Chou Dynasty, has “Zhongqiu” been mentioned.Like other Chinese traditional festival, the mid-autumn festival also has some beautiful tales, among which is the most famous one: Chang e Gone to the moon.

So get ready and have your tissues on standby, I am going to tell you the swooping love story of how the mysterious moon cakes came about!

It is said that in ancient times, there were ten suns hanging in the sky which never set. People got scorched and all crops died because of drought. When only factor 60 could save them, Humanity’s survival hung in the balance. One day a man named Houyi appeared, a great archer and hero. Legend says that he had the power, accuracy and strength only god could give. He climbed to the Mount Kunlun and shot down 9 suns one by one, then he shouted at the last one calling it a naughty sun, making it swear that it would follow the rules set by Houyi to rise at dawn and go down at dusk. After then people finally could live a normal and happy life.

Because of his heroic undertaking, Houyi earned the respect of people and also love. He married a beautiful woman named Chang’e. Loads of people, mostly hunters, came to his house, to learn archery from this legend. Among them was a villain called Pengmeng.

One day, Houyi went out to pay a visit to Mount Kunlun to learn some new techniques from a friend, he met a goddess of the high heaven halfway, who had already heard of his legendary feat. The Goddess gave him an Elixir of Life, which could grant immortality and make one ascend to god, as a reward for his magnificent deeds; however there was only one potion. Houyi didn’t want leave his wife alone in earth and become god alone, so he let Chang’e lock the elixir in his cupboard, and tried his best to earn another one for his wife.

China Mid Autumn FestivalSome days later, Houyi and his apprentices went out to hunt, Pengmeng pretended being sick and stayed at Yi’s house. When they were all gone, Pengmeng threatened Chang’e to make her give up the elixir. Chang’e knew she could not beat Pengmeng, so she ran to the cupboard and drank the potion. Suddenly, Chang’e felt lighter, and rose from ground to float in the air. Slowly, she flew to high Heaven.

When Houyi came home, the maid told him what happened. He felt so sad and cried under the moonlight, suddenly he discovered there was a shadow of his wife in the moon. Since Chang’e also didn’t want to live far from her husband, she chose the moon as her goddess-palace, so she could gaze upon Houyi every night.

So in order to remember his wife, every 15th August , Houyi would set up an alter and put cakes and fruits of Chang’e’s favorites, and crooned of her name. And those people he saved also did so, to give praise and sympathy to this couple.

Mid Autumn Festival MooncakeGradually, this festival became a family gathering day. And for those who are less fortunate, those who are unable to have reunion, they can still eat the moon-cakes and enjoy watching the full-moon. We believe, since we are watching the same moon, the feelings will be delivered by the moon. Awwwwwwwwww.

Ok, so much for the old book. For our students, Mid-Autumn Festival is a good chance to improve relationships with your host-families. Just have dinner with them and enjoy the feast of moon-cakes (sometimes a little too sweet) under the moonlight. It’s what family-members do. Maybe even think of loved ones back home as you gaze at the sky remembering all the while that we are all under the same moon..

  • 1
  • 2