Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, 中秋节快乐！
As you may know, September 19th marks the point when the moon appears largest in the sky (even if Neal DeGrasse Tyson says that it doesn’t）. In China, this is celebrated with a three day weekend (sort of), and a lot of moon-gazing, mooncake eating, and family togetherness. Adrianna and I didn’t really do any of these things, but we did have a bunch of fun, and I’d like to tell you about it.
First, we went to a restaurant called Raindrops Cafe for dinner. This place serves Western food, and because of this, caters to foreigners. It was a little on the expensive side, but I think we still made it out of dinner while spending less than $30 USD for the two of us. All told, not a bad deal. The food was a little schizophrenic, with dishes ranging from American to Spanish to Thai, but they definitely make some awesome French Fries.
I had a kind of mozzarella stick thing that was also delicious, mostly because it was one of the few items I’ve managed to find in this city that has genuine, honest to goodness cheese inside of it. Adrianna had some duck for dinner (it was a little weird)
and I had some chicken (it was a little awesome).
After dinner, we quickly snagged some ice cream at a KFC. Why you may ask? Because we deserve it, that’s why. We quickly finished the ice cream, and hopped on a bus back home.
We were nearing home when we saw something happening along a canal that runs through our section of Shenzhen. Abandoning the bus and throwing caution to the wind, we walked down along the canal and saw an unexpected sight. Lots of Chinese people (children, adults, whole families) were lighting the famous “floating candle bags” (I really have no idea what they’re actually called).
It was really beautiful, and as the night went on the sky was filled with a light dotting of these beautiful, man-made stars.
Oh, and there were also a couple of bands playing traditional Chinese music (at least, I presume it was traditional, I’m not exactly hip to Chinese pop culture).
Eventually, we returned home, enlightened as to some of the Chinese traditions occurring around mid-Autumn Festival.
But wait, before I let you go I have to explain something I mentioned in the first paragraph. Our school was closed on Thursday and Friday. Sounds like a four day weekend, right? WRONG! We are teaching Friday’s classes on Sunday to make up for the last time, and we’re also teaching Monday’s classes on next Saturday (I’m not sure why we’re doing this, it probably has something to do with the week long national holiday coming up in early October. If we get our passports back in time, we may be adventuring all over the place!). So just remember that any time you get a “day off” in China, it’s likely that you’ll have to make it up later.
Anyway, until next time, 中秋节快乐！