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12 global destinations for Mid-Autumn Festival holiday

As the bright moon shines over the sea; from far away you share this moment with me." Just as poet Zhang Jiuling wrote 1,300 years ago, the glorious full moon evokes strong ethos among Chinese people. It is one of the essential cultural symbols in traditional Chinese culture, connecting the romanticism, homesickness, and transience of human life.

From ancient times to the present day, Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional holiday on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night, has kept the tradition of a family get-together. People spend time with their loved ones and enjoy sweet mooncakes while gazing upon the moonlit night sky.

The moon fills the sky over fresh snowfall in the Alps in the Chur Rhine Valley, on Nov 5, 2009.

With a three-day national holiday, many travel back home and others spend their time in more creative ways. Couples may take a romantic trip to an exotic spot. Families create sweet memories going to a vacationland. In these 12 acclaimed destinations selected by globetrotters, you will certainly find an ideal spot to appreciate the harvest moon.


A full moon rises behind the Empire State Building in New York, April 6, 2012.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris stands in bright contrast to the full moon in the night sky during Chinese New Year in 2004. 

A view of Mount Fuji includes a full moon in Japan. 

The full moon shines light on a lavender plantation in Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur, France, on Sept 29, 2017.

A panoramic view of the Karwendel Range in Germany is seen by the full moon.

Massai giraffes gather under the full moon in Tanzania. 

A rising full moon shines above the Taj Mahal, India, on Sept 5, 2014. 

The full moon glows in the evening sky above the Easter Island, Chile. 

A full moon rises over a castle in Castile and León, Spain, on Sept 5, 2014.

The full moon lights the night in Jerusalem. 

The full moon shines over Doha, Qatar.