Tatler Guide to Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 in Hong Kong
With the Mid-Autumn Festival fast approaching, now’s the ideal time to start planning out fun-filled activities to ensure you capitalise on the holiday with your nearest and dearest. Here, we present five Moon Festival activity ideas that will elevate your celebration to the next level
Falling on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the reunion of families under the full moon, with plenty of delicious mooncakes prepared for sharing around with loved ones. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the lunar calendar, the festival will take place on September 21 (Tuesday) this year.
The traditional Tai Hang Dragon Dance and other Mid-Autumn staples such as lantern carnivals and displays might have been cancelled due to Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the occasion and miss out on all the fun. From glamping in magical geodesic domes, to flying to the moon—well, as long as a helicopter can go—here are the most unique ways to go moon gazing and celebrate the holiday in Hong Kong.
Tai O Lantern Festival
Tai O art community group, Tai O Fei Mao Li, is bringing back their popular annual lantern festival. Countless beautiful lanterns in all shapes and colours light up the streets in the quaint fishing village, where visitors can enjoy a festive display of lanterns crafted by Tai O locals and volunteers, with plenty of picture-perfect spots to play with. From now till September 30, the lanterns will light up every night from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Does it sound exciting to spend a night under the beautiful moon amidst nature without having to sacrifice luxury creature comforts? If yes, then glamping is one thing that every serious moon gazer should experience this Mid-Autumn Festival.
While there’s no shortage of glamping sites in Hong Kong, one that truly stands out is Sai Yuen Farm on the southwestern tip of Cheung Chau. It offers over 40 well-appointed tents with unique themes such as The Mongolian Ger, Native American Teepee and Romantic Tree Cocoon, but their Star Gazing Geodesic Dome is beyond comparison, which is shaped like an igloo with a transparent ceiling for you to enjoy breathtaking views of the starry skies in utmost privacy.
Discover more at saiyuen.com
See also: The Best Glamping Sites In Hong Kong
Book a staycation
While we’re all missing the privilege of being able to travel around the world, we still have a long way to go before the countries start reopening their borders. Luckily, we are spoilt for choice with some absolute gems right on our doorstep for a Hong Kong staycation. There’s a plethora of beautiful boutique hotels and five-star hotels that are perfect for a glamourous and luxurious holiday experience, but if you want to escape the city lights to get the best possible view of the full moon, a stay in one of the charming Airbnb properties on the outlying islands is sure to please. Alternatively, book yourself a once-in-a-lifetime luxury cruise vacation to relax at sea and feed your wanderlust.
Enjoy a helicopter ride
For a truly unforgettable Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, book the epic "Fly and Dine" helicopter package curated by The Peninsula Hong Kong. The five-star helicopter experience, which begins at the exclusive lounge perched on the 30th floor of the hotel, will take guests away from the hustle and bustle of the city life for a breathtaking journey to Hong Kong’s outer reaches.
It might not be possible to see the full moon up close on the helicopter, but the ride will offer you sweeping views of Victoria Harbour and the city’s dramatic skyscrapers, allowing you to admire Hong Kong’s beauty from the most unique perspective. The unforgettable journey continues upon landing with a dinner served at one of the hotel's award-winning dining destinations, including Spring Moon, Gaddi's and Chesa.
Discover more at peninsula.com
See also: The Best Stargazing Spots In Hong Kong
Plan a late-night picnic
Have your Instagrammable mat and picnic basket ready. What better way to bask in the moonlight with your loved ones than with a romantic picnic on the grass? There’s plenty of beautiful parks and green spaces in Hong Kong for you to set up an alfresco feast and spend some quality with small groups of family and friends. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy a peaceful picnic, take a look at our guide to the best under-the-radar picnic spots in Hong Kong.
This article was originally published on 16 September, 2020 and was updated on 14 September, 2021.