Admire the moon by following ancient poems

09:57, September 15, 2010      

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The Mid-autumn Festival is approaching. As one of the traditional festivals in China, to appreciate the glorious full moon on the Mid-autumn Festival has been the choice of many. In ancient times, the clear and bright moon was a symbol of reunion. Today, the Mid-autumn Festival not only means to have a reunion, but also to enjoy the moonlight in the historical places.

(Source: Global Times)

Zhucheng, Shandong

Zhucheng city in the southeast of Shandong Province is the birthplace of the poem The Moon Festival which has enjoyed great fame for a long time. It was written by Su Shi, a famous lyric poet in the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127). He built a high terrace and created the poem on top of it. To memorize him, the intellectuals and poets from the following dynasties climbed the terrace and left a lot of masterpieces on it. Therefore, climbing the terrace and enjoying the moon generally became a must on Mid-autumn Day.

Besides, there are many other wonderful places to enjoy moonlight in Shandong. For example, the Thousand-Buddha Cave located in Mt. Liuchang in Yidu county is a recommended place. There is a natural skylight in the cave. On the night of the Mid-autumn Day, through the skylight, visitors can see the moon rise high, shining as brightly as a silver plate.

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