The Mid-Autumn Festival, the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, falls on September 19 this year according to the Gregorian calendar. On this traditional Chinese festival, besides eating moon cakes, enjoying the full moon with family and friends is also a must.
Lushan Mountain, Jiangxi Province
Located on the southern bank of the Yangtze River south of Jiujiang City in northern Jiangxi Province, the Lushan Mountain whole scenic area covers an area of 302 square kilometers, with the 1,474-meter Hanyang Peak as its highest summit. Featuring magnificent peaks, strange stone formations, unique waterfalls, flourishing trees, and many historical sites, the mountain is labeled as one of the most famous sites in the country and was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1996.
Lushan Mountain, Jiangxi Province (China.org.cn)
Huangshang Mountain, Anhui Province
Huangshan Mountain, listed as a UNESCO cultural and natural heritage and World Geopark, boasts of spectacular landscapes thick with vegetation and lofty peaks. The 154-square-kilometer sight-seeing area possesses four unique scenes: peculiarly shaped granite rocks, waterfalls, pine trees and views of the clouds from above. The Flying over Rock, the Stone Monkey Gazing over the Sea of Clouds, the Brush pen-liked Rock and many other renowned scenic spots attract streams of visitors to the marvelous mountain every day.
Huangshang Mountain, Anhui Province (China.org.cn)
Emei Mountain, Chengdu, Sichuan Province
Located 150 kilometers away from Chengdu and only 28 kilometers from Leshan, Emei Mountain has been designated a World Heritage Site due to its breathtaking scenery, mysterious natural wonders and historical Buddhist sites.
Emei Mountain, Chengdu, Sichuan Province (file photo)
West Lake, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province
Located west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, the West Lake is a fresh water lake renowned for its natural surroundings and history. Its beauty earned itself the nickname"paradise on earth." Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the lake covers an area of 6.5 square kilometers (650 hectares). On average, the lake is 3 meters deep. It has numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands located within. The lake's 11 sections flaunt over 100 scenic spots!
West Lake, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province (China.org.cn)
Dongting Lake, Hunan Province
Located in northern Hunan Province, Dongting Lake is the second largest fresh water lake in China, which is usually praised as "the picturesque Dongting Lake with 400 kilometer span." The lakeside Yueyang Tower is one of the four famous Chinese towers.
There is an island located right in the lake named Junshan where, or so legend has it, two wives of the ancient Shun Di Emperor, Ehuang and Nuying, died to become goddesses of the Xiangjiang River after searching thousands of miles for their husband.
The vast lake, the famous tower, the mysterious island and the legend, all these have made the lake a popular site throughout the decades.
Dongting Lake, Hunan Province (China.org.cn)
Source: People's Daily