HONG KONG, Sept. 17(Xinhuanet)-- How to celebrate an unusual Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sunday when the moon appears the brightest of the year? This is the question that haunts Hong Kongers as that special moment approaches.
"I would rather spend the night under the sea," said Rommy Cheung, chief executive of Hong Kong's International(Elite) Divers Training Center Ltd.
"Mid-autumn is the best time of a year to dive because there is no temperature difference between sea water layers," he said,"So sea creatures are extremely active for this period. You can see swarms of crabs and fishes passing by."
"When the bright moonlight shines through the sea water, you will find yourself in a miraculous world," he said."It's so cool, isn't it?"
On Saturday and Sunday, the center will organize two night dives at Sai Kung, western part of Hong Kong. After diving, they will have barbecue and Kara-OK on a luxury yacht. The center welcomes both professional and amateur divers to join the romantic adventures.
In the opposite direction, Hong Kongers also wish to have an engagement with the moon by spending the night in the sky.
Hong Kong Express promotes a package tour between Hong Kong and Macao by helicopter, which also includes a buffet at the revolving restaurant of Macao's Tower. On the night of the festival, one canenjoy a nice meal while having a closer watch of the bright moon, admire the firework performance while getting a bird's-eye view of Macao's night scene. What a splendid experience!
Though the expenditure for the tour is high, quite over 1,000 HK dollars, the reservation is full, Zhang Yingcai, director of the company's Market Department, said.
For most ordinary people, they will spend the night on the earth. That will be full of novelties as well.
Following the tradition, Victoria Park will host a spectacular lantern carnival as usual. The highlight of this year is an innovative modern lantern exhibition entitled Luminiarium Levity II by Architects of Air from the United Kingdom.
Actually, it is a sculpture that people can enter to be immersed in a radiant light and color. Inspired by the beauty of natural geometry and Islamic architecture, it features winding passages of small domes inspired by repetitious forms found in the bazaars of Iran.
In the daytime, the luminosity of light and color inside is created purely by daylight shining through the colored plastic. Atnight, it is illuminated from inside, creating a radiance that people can appreciate from a distance.
The exhibition, which has been shown in 32 countries, has attracted over 1.5 million visitors throughout the world, the organizer Hong Kong Leisure& Cultural Services Department said.
The festival will also witness various special activities, including folk song singing and traditional Chinese instrument performing, on the Avenue of Stars by the side of Victoria Harbor.
If you are lucky enough, you may encounter Chang'er, the goddess of the moon in Chinese folk story, and have a chance of taking a picture with her.
One of the most extraordinary moment is on Saturday night when a group of ghosts from Hong Kong's Ocean Park dispatching gifts tovisitors on the avenue. Immersed in the jubilance of Mid-Autumn Festival, visitors will also enjoy the early excitement of All Saints' Day. It is the first time for the two major tour spots in Hong Kong to carry out activities together.
Another highlight, perhaps a scene that you would never think of for a traditional holiday like Mid-Autumn Festival, is a grand book show at Causeway Bay from Sept. 17 to 19. Over 30 bookstores and publishing houses have applied for the show with the theme of"Reading under the moonlight".
During the book show, organizers have also arranged a series of activities about"Qin"(instrument),"Qi"(I-go),"Shu"(calligraphy),"Hua"(painting), four things representing Chinese traditional culture, hoping they could add more cultural atmosphere to the festival.
Organizers believe the book show, which is very likely to be the biggest one in the open-air in the history, will attract around 180,000 readers. Enditem