Mid-autumn Festival: Chinese Moon Cake Culture

September 24, 2009

BEIJING, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — As October approaches, so does the
2009 Mid-Autumn Festival in China. The China Guide invites you to share in the
festivities and try one of the longest-standing cake recipes in history — the
Moon Cake.

Moon cakes are created in hand made wooden molds that give them their
traditional shape. Filled with lotus seed paste, duck eggs and yolks (and
other variations) they are different than a western style cake. Fillings vary
and some are heavier on the waistline than others.

More important than actually eating moon cakes is giving and receiving
them. If someone gives you moon cakes it shows they respect you and appreciate
their relationship with you. Not giving them is also a sign, so westerners
doing business in China should consider this. Its unlikely you will go wrong
giving, so if you are in doubt go ahead and give.

Packaging, price and quality are also part of the complex gift giving
ritual. If you give your business associate cheap moon cakes, it is a
reflection of their value to you. Best not to buy your moon cakes at Wal-Mart
in Beijing. Try one of the traditional local shops or visit one of the
international hotel chains to buy a decent gift set.

In autumn The China Guide (http://www.thechinaguide.com ) will be
introducing travelers to moon cake taste and culture. The China Guide offers
tours throughout China that showcase its ancient heritage alongside the modern.
“We want our travelers to have local experiences in China. Shopping for and
eating moon cakes are an aspect of China’s history that has a strong place in
the modern world,” says Peter Danford, director of The China Guide.

About The China Guide

The China Guide is a Beijing-based travel agency, American owned and
operated. Specializing in service, quality and hassle free web bookings, they
work with clients to customize tours that match their travel styles. Operating
only in China they have up-to-date knowledge and offer exciting experiences
for travelers including their famous Sleep on the Great Wall tour. The China
Guide avoids the common factory shopping stops that are not reflective of the
true China.

SOURCE The China Guide

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