Mid-Autumn Festival greetings to our friends from Europe, America and Australia

Greetings to all of our overseas friends!

China’s traditional Mid-Autumn Festival is coming soon. The Mid-Autumn Festival, the Spring Festival, the Ching Ming Festival, and the Dragon Boat Festivals are known as the four major traditional festivals in China. These festivals were included in the first version of China’s national intangible cultural heritage list, and are legal holidays in China.

Every year during the Mid-Autumn Festival, the people of Shandong hold traditional activities, such as moon worshipping, lantern lighting, and moon watching, as well as guessing puzzles, making steel fire sparks, performing the fire dragon dance, etc. In Zhucheng, Linyi and other places in Shandong, besides offering sacrifices to the moon, they also visit their family tombs to offer sacrifices to their ancestors. In Jimo, Qingdao, many like to eat a special kind of celebratory snack called “Maijian”.

On this festive occasion, the Department of Culture and Tourism of Shandong Province sends their heartfelt Mid-Autumn Festival blessings to our friends in Europe, Americas and Australia. Friendly Shandong has prepared a cultural and tourism feast for you:

Here you have the feast of the Mid-Autumn Scenic Beauty: climb to the peak of Mt. Tai, often considered the greatest of the “Five Sacred Mountains”, to pray for blessings and safety; visit Nishan (Mt. Ni), birthplace of the great philosopher Confucius, to experience the  Confucian culture; explore the heroic pride of Liangshan Mountain, where the 108 Stars of Destiny from Water Margin will ignite your passion; visit the Grand Canal of China, listed on the World Heritage Site list, to experience its charming uniqueness; enjoy the story-driven Huanghai and Bohai Seas, in which oil and fish cohabitate this vast water palace; and check out the Daming Lake at the center of the Spring City (Jinan) where a lavish banquet by the name of the “Spring Feast” awaits you to begin.

Here you will find a grand feast of the Mid-Autumn culinary art.  Shandong is home to almost all ingredients in the world that give birth to all delicacies you can dream of such as sweet and sour carp, nine-turn intestine, stir-fried kidneys, Tsingtao beer, Changyu red wine, Jimo rice wine, etc. A full “Man-Han” styled banquet (popular in the Qing Dynasty 1644-1912) is waiting for you to taste it out!

Shandong is home to a lavish cultural feast. Every year during the Mid-Autumn Festival, all major scenic areas in Shandong will host colorful cultural events including beautiful light shows, wonderful intangible cultural heritage displays, rich folk customs, all of them truly colorful eye-catching entertainment for you to enjoy.

On our culturally sacred land, at this (2nd to none) vacation paradise, Friendly Shandong welcomes your arrival.

 

Shandong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism