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Fah Thai Magazine Sep-Oct 2018

HAPPENINGS CHINA CHENGDU

HAPPENINGS CHINA CHENGDU / CHONGQING / GUANGZHOU A PARK IN THE FALL IN GUANGZHOU Yuntai Garden in Guangzhou reigns in its prestige as one of the largest parks of its type in mainland China, covering an area over 120,000 square metres. Located at the base of the Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou, Yuntai is considered to be the epitome of modern gardens, integrating Eastern and Western architecture with a blend of modernity and antiquity. Visiting this sight is magnificent any time of the year, but during Mid-Autumn Festival, Yuntai further enhances its beauty by hosting a magnificent lantern show during the months of September and October from 6-10pm. 801 Guangyuan Zhong Lu, Baiyun District, Guangzhou SPOTLIGHT Mooncakes In Autumn As the blissful days of summer come to a close and the splendour of fall arrives, Chinese homes are abuzz with traditions and celebrations for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Zhongqiu Jié, as it’s known in Mandarin, has many additional names used throughout the region: Lantern Festival - a term used in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia; Moon Festival – which surrounds the Japanese traditions of moongazing and lunar worship; or Reunion and Children’s Festival; to name a few. Despite the many names and titles, the traditions remain unified, supporting the concept of family and friends gathering and giving thanks for a bountiful harvest and prayers for success and good fortune in the months to come. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time of celebration, showcasing harmony and unity through various traditions, and includes carrying brightly-lit lanterns, the preparation and exchange of mooncakes, comraderie among friends and family over tea and wine, and sometimes the occasional matchmaking alongside various games and activities. On the day of the festival itself, family members gather together to offer a sacrifice to the moon. In the modern era this “sacrifice” translates into a variety of customs, from simple appreciation of such a bright full moon – to eating the rich and decadent moon cakes dessert eaten in celebration. RUSSIAN TREAT IN CHONGQING The city of Chongqing has always been at the centre of mainland China’s drive to urbanise and develop many of its western provinces. As it continues to diversify, so does its food selection – and so we have a very unique gem near Sichuan Province. Russian Kitchen, as it’s simply and directly translated from its Chinese name, has received stellar reviews since its opening in May 2017. +86 (0) 236 758 7366 CHENGDU’S PANDA BABIES On most days, Chengdu is known for just two things: its fiery cuisine and the pandas. No visit to this city in the Sichuan provide is complete without riding out just minutes from downtown Chengdu to the Chengdu Panda Base. Autumn is one of the best seasons to see panda babies as the giant panda mums have their offspring in the summer. You may have to jostle your way around as thousands of visitors descend on this place every year. But consider a visit here to see giant pandas rescued from the wild. panda.org.cn AT THE PEAK OF BAIYUN MOUNTAIN Baiyun mountain, looming right behind Yuntai garden in northern Guangzhou, has been one of the most famous and marvellous spectacles of nature in the province and even all of Canton province since ancient times. The collection of peaks reaches nearly 400 metres above sea level and provide a gorgeous view from below as snowy white clouds perch on them. By cable car, one can also ascend to the summit, permitting a breath-taking view of the Canton landscape and Guangzhou underneath, like fingers of the Pearl River Delta spreading as if to grasp the horizon itself. A scenic destination since ancient times, it is actually a range of 30 peaks, the most famous of which is the Moxing Ridge. Its summit is about 382 metres above sea level, and from there you have a splendid view of the city and the Pearl River. Among its many treasures is the Nine Dragon Spring in the 16,000-square-metre Forest of Steles, which was built in the Qing Dynasty, now under the cultural relics protection in Guangzhou City, along with the tomb of Zhang Yuqiao, a Ming Dynasty singer. 126