Let's enjoy China's nationwide Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations

The celebrations for the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival began across China with a variety of special events and people enjoying the beautiful full moon scenery on Friday. 

The centerpiece of the festival is to celebrate the advent of a full moon. In Panjin City, northeast China's Liaoning Province, people gathered in a wetland park to witness the silvery lunar brilliance, echoed on the earth by numerous colorful lanterns of all shapes, sizes and designs, adding happier vibes to family reunions. 

In east China's Zhejiang Province, the giant tide waves of the Qiantang River, one of the largest of its kind in the world, often reach their peak on the 18th day of the eighth lunar month, which falls on September 16 this year. The tide waves look even more spectacular at night, reflecting the glittering moonlight. 

A series of traditional folk activities were witnessed in Shenzhen City, south China's Guangdong Province, where tourists joined local residents from the Yi ethnic group, performing traditional dances and special ethnic customs to mark the festival.  

People also enjoyed the full moon with the breathtaking natural scenery around the Tianshan Mountains in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which witnessed its first snowfall this autumn. The snow-covered mountains accompanied by the bright full moon created a picturesque view upon the magnificent Tianchi Lake. 

At the Mingsha Mountain in northwest China's Gansu Province, the bright moon is reflected in the Crescent Spring. Every year a large number of tourists rush to the scenic spot during the festival just to catch a glimpse of the unique scenery of the "two moons."

China's Mid-Autumn Festival is an old tradition to celebrate the harvest, happiness and family reunions. It is also a great time to undertake outdoor activities and enjoy the beautiful scenery and nice weather in the autumn.