Mooncakes being served by our kind hostess
A month ago, on the even of a full moon, I was in Dali, China (Yunnan). It was such a fun time and honor to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival ("Moon Festival") with a local family. It's tradition during this festival to visit family, and we began in the brother's home of our host. This woman (I've named "Grandmother") served us this AMAZING mooncake, made in the bamboo basket and filled with walnuts and chestnuts. I ate my share and then some!
We tasted longan fruit. The longan is a relative of lychee. Sweet and juicy! Good Lapsang Soochong teas are said to have a hint of the flavor of a dried longan.
Longan fruit, called "Dragon's Eye"
We also enjoyed fresh pomegranates, which are not like the ones sold in the states. The skin is soft yellow and pink, and the flesh of the fruit is light with a pink tint. We saw these growing along the roadside, each fruit on the tree covered in a protective plastic bag. Such time intensive work!
We strolled through the traditional village and down to the river, then to our host's home for the evening. (Our final stop was one of the homes across the way.)
Our delicious meal
When the evening was done, I had sampled four types of mooncake: 1 - The walnut-chestnut (my favorite!) 2 - A pastry-like crust with a sweet pork filling (the pastry in photo above) 3 - Packaged version with a meat filling (it came home for the DH) and 4 - Sesame with dried fruit, also very delicious.
There she is! This photo taken by one of my taller tour mates. :-)
The moment we first saw the moon peeking over the rooftop was special. Everyone's conversation stopped and collective enthusiasm welcomed her to the night sky.