Mid-Autumn Festival: Victoria Park Lantern Display

Victoria Park Hong Kong

The Mid-Autumn Festival (or what we call Jūng-chāu Jit in Hong Kong ) is a festival celebrated on 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night. People like to eat mooncakes during this time so this festival is also known as the “Mooncake Festival”.

Since the lunar calendar is different every year, the Mid-Autumn festival may be held in mid-September to early October. This year, the festival falls on October 4, which is today.

In Victoria Park, Hong Kong, there is a lantern display held annually during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The lantern display began on September 30 this year. There are several places in Hong Kong that have lantern displays but the one in Victoria Park is the most popular among the locals and tourists. As the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, the number of people that goes there also increases. During the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, it is almost impossible to walk inside of the park due to the large volume of people.

That’s why I normally don’t go there. But this year, a friend who lives in that area texted me last Saturday (the first day of the lantern display) to visit the park. He told me that there are not that many people. This is mostly because tourists from Mainland China would only arrive in Hong Kong the next day (October 1). Once they get here, they would be here for a while since they have an 8-day holiday in China, from October 1 to October 8.

So I went to Victoria Park that night to see what’s the hype is all about. I can’t say that I was disappointed since I enjoyed my time there. However, I was not that impressed, considering all the hype around it. Fortunately, there was not that many people indeed so I was able to take some photos with little difficulty:

Then after a while, it suddenly rained:

Anyway, these pandas look quite awesome:

Though my favorite is this one:

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37 thoughts on “Mid-Autumn Festival: Victoria Park Lantern Display

  1. Great photos. Looks like fun. Yet, tradition doesn’t have to be something fantastic. It just always is, a cultural stability. And it seems dynamic enough to change with the times. I have always wanted to visit Hong Kong. This inspires me to make it there sooner.

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  2. Beautiful pictures! This reminds me of the Chinese festival we went to in Spokane Washington, many of those displays were similar to the ones you have shown. Love the lights at night and the food! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. That’s what I thought as well 🙂

      It tastes sweet and it has a pasty texture. It also contains salted egg yolks in the middle (usually 2).

      It’s nothing phenomenal lol. I think that the reason people still keep making it is to preserve a tradition (which is great). After the mooncake festival, it would be a challenge to find mooncakes being sold.

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      1. Last time I visited HK was in December 2014. I used to go there every year because I love the food so much. Then I started traveling to other places and can’t quite fit traveling to HK in my budget anymore. It’s still my favorite Asian destination though. I’ll definitely go back one day.

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