lowers and birds were favorite subjects of paintings in ancient China, offering a kind of special aesthetic interest. Flower-and-bird painting originated from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). This art form slowly advanced from initially serving as an ornamental pattern for daily utensils, then later serving as symbolic, metaphoric and allegorical elements in the background of figure painting. Finally, flowers and birds are seen in independent themes.
Foreign sinologists learned shadow boxing in Yuan Dynasty City Wall Relics Park, visited the Confucius Temple, tasted Chinese tea, and enjoyed the glorious full moon. They spent a wonderful Mid-Autumn Festival in Beijing.
On Sept. 8, 2014, the Mid-Autumn Day, a young man proposes to his girlfriend in Ciqikou, an ancient town in southwest China’s Chongqing. Both of them love traditional culture and he decided to give his girlfriend a surprise by proposing to her in accordance with etiquette of Zhou Dynasty.
Children make moon cakes during an a community activity celebrating the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival in Hefei, capital of east China’s Anhui Province, Sept. 4, 2014. The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Sept. 8 this year.