Best Places to Celebrate Mid-autumn Festival in Hangzhou

Mid-Autumn Day is coming. It is a traditional activity to find a good place to admire the full moon. Here are the three best places to admire the full moon in Hangzhou.

The first is Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, one of three islands in West Lake; the second is Yueyan Scenic Spot on Fenghuang Mountain; and the third is Autumn Moon on Calm Lake, on the south bank of Baidi, which is one of ten scenic spots of West Lake.

Three Pools Mirroring the Moon (San Tan Yin Yue)

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On Mid-Autumn Day in Hangzhou Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is the one of the best places to admire the full moon. It is one of the famous scenic spots on West Lake. Santanyinyue means "Three Ponds (or Pools) Mirroring the Moon", and is actually located on an interesting island which contains four "lakes" itself. You will also notice that this scene can be found on the back of the 1 yuan bill. There are three mini pagodas in West Lake. When Mid-Autumn Festival comes, local people light candles in the mini pagodas and cover the holes with tissue paper. The light from the holes in the mini pagodas looks like reflections of the full moon in the lake. When a bright moon is in the sky, moon light, candle light, and reflections on the lake, enhance each other's beauty. Then the reflections of the moon and the mini pagodas mix together, and create a true embodiment of the classic description of this attraction: "a moon in the sky and three mirror images in the lake".

Yueyan on Fenghuang Mountain

Yueyan ('Moon Stone') is located south of Shengguo Temple on Fenghuang Mountain. Walking along the path from Yueyan, up the steps, you can see the whole sight of Yueyan: a sheet of cliff, a stone, a cave and a Song Dynasty (960–1279) style pond. There are three lanes around the cliff, quiet and beautiful; it is truly a perfect place to admire the full moon.

On Mid-Autumn Day, the moon light passes through a hole in the stone, and two moons appear, one in the sky, one on the ground. Yueyan is the old haunt of the royal palace of the South Song Dynasty, and it became the place to admire the full moon for nobles 800 years ago.

Autumn Moon on Calm Lake (Ping Hu Qiu Yue)

Hangzhou is well-known for West Lake's Pinghuqiuyue (Calm Lake Autumn Moon), one of the best places to admire the full moon. Pinghuqiuyue, on the south bank of Baidi, is one of the ten scenic spots of West Lake. It was the private garden of Silas Aaron Hardoon, who was a wealthy businessman and well-known public figure in the city of Shanghai in the early 20th century. In 1959, the local government reconfigured its layout and added extensions to some buildings, and then it became a famous scenic spot for the public. On Mid-Autumn Day, the full moon shines upon the mirror-like lake, quiescent and charming.

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I updated this article on April 13, 2014
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Questions and Answers About Best Places to Celebrate Mid-autumn Festival in Hangzhou

jim prime 2011-07-14
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would ningbo be a good place to admire the full moon inseptember
Ningbo is not a famous moon viewing destination. It may be better than Shanghai, as it is a smaller city with less light pollution. If you are in Ningbo on September 12, 2011 for the Mid-Autumn Festival, then head for one of the riverside parks or the outskirts of the city for better views. You could also head east to the island of Zhoushan to sea the moon rise over the Pacific Ocean. Hangzhou, the place to be for viewing the Mid-Autumn moon, is only 3 hours away. Gavin Van Hinsbergh replied on 2011-07-19
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