Shanghai celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival in traditional fashion

Hu Min
All over Shanghai traditional Chinese cultural activities are being held to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival which arrives on Tuesday.
Hu Min

Traditional Chinese cultural activities are being held at tourist attractions in the city to celebrate today's Mid-Autumn Festival.

In Xuhui District, people are invited to guess riddles at Guilin Park and Flower Art Gallery, according to the Xuhui District Culture and Tourism Bureau.

Guilin Park, a Jiangnan-style classic garden built in 1931, is known for its dense woods of more than 1,000 osmanthus trees of 23 varieties.

At Metro City in Xujiahui area, a 41.2-meter diameter crystal ball, featuring Tangyun Rabbit, Xuhui's Mid-Autumn Festival mascot.

Han-style dances are being performed at Metro City while a single pass for afternoon tea, Normandie Apartments-shaped ice cream, a cruise tour on the Huangpu River, and discount coupons for shops at Hengfu (Hengshan-Fuxing Road) Historical and Cultural Area is available at the Wukang Road Tourist Information Center as part of the celebrations.

These activities are also part of this year's Shanghai Tourism Festival.

At Chenshan Botanical Garden in Songjiang District, a traditional Chinese-style garden party is being staged, enabling visitors to experience the glamor of China's intangible cultural heritage.

Traditional music such as khoomei, or throat singing, Jiangnan sizhu (string and wind music), guqin (a seven-string plucked instrument similar to the zither), and guzheng (a 21-string traditional music instrument) is also being performed at the garden.

Polar bears at Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park in the Pudong New Area are being given special mooncakes which cater to their taste buds. With a diameter of half a meter, the mooncake is stuffed with fish, tomato, carrot and nuts, attracting the attention of polar bear Pi Zu and Ya Tou immediately.

An unmanned drone light and shadow show is being staged at Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, illuminating the night sky with festival elements related with its mythology such as rabbits and Chang'e. Nearly 500 drones are featured.

A hanfu, the traditional dress of Han Chinese people, show is also part of the celebrations.

At Shanghai Wild Animal Park, children use mashed pumpkin, peanut, red date and glossy privet leaves to make mooncakes for animals like giraffe, lemur, and elephant.

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