8 interesting facts about the Moon Cake Festival:

  • It falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese Han calendar.
  • Contrary to popular belief the Mid-Autumn Festival does not always occur on a full moon. The Chinese lunar calendar does not coincide perfectly with the cycles of the moon.
  • In ancient times, the Mid-Autumn Festival was the second Chinese “Valentine’s Day”, alongside the Double Seventh Festival (this usually falls in August).
  • Older generation tend to give mooncakes as gifts as the younger generation tend to celebrate “virtually” by sending digital red envelops.
  • The Mid-Autumn Festival is not only celebrated in China, but is also in other Asian countries, like Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, the Philippines, and Malaysia
  • The price of moon cake is low at about RMB4 but during the Moon Festival it can go up to RMB1000!
  • There is a three-day holiday during the festival. Chinese people like to spend time with their families, or to travel outside the towns on a day trips. Train tickets are usually sold out quickly during the festival time and famous tourist spots are usually quite crowded.
  • The Festival is also celebrated by lighting and display lanterns.



About the author: Tara


The travel professional with years of experience in the travel industry – in guiding, reservations, operations, contracting, customer service and product development – and have travelled extensively in Asia and Eastern Europe not just on holiday but also for work, inspecting hotels, visiting attractions and seeing exactly what each destination has to offer. The only way I could do this properly was with my own guide, car and driver and this inspired me to create my own range of customised private day tours for other people to be able to explore in-depth and learn to love their destination as much as I do.