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The Mid-Autumn festival in China

The Mid-Autumn festival is one of the most important Chinese festivals of the year, falling on September 8 this year.

The Mid-Autumn festival in China
Liu Jia, a college student from Ludong University dressed as the Chinese goddess of the Moon Chang'e performs underwater at Haichang Whale Shark Museum on September 8, 2014 in Yantai, Shandong Province of China. The performance was in celebration of China's Mid-Autum Festival. (Getty Images)
The Mid-Autumn festival in China
Liu Jia, a college student from Ludong University dressed as the Chinese goddess of the Moon Chang'e performs underwater at Haichang Whale Shark Museum on September 8, 2014 in Yantai, Shandong Province of China. The performance was in celebration of China's Mid-Autum Festival. (Getty Images)
The Mid-Autumn festival in China
Festive atmosphere at Nanjing Confucius Temple Scenic Area on September 8, 2014 in Nanjing, China. The Mid-Autumn festival is one of the most important Chinese festivals of the year which falls on September 8 this year. (Getty Images)
The Mid-Autumn festival in China
Residents of Tai Hang perform the Fire Dragon Dance to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in Tai Hang area on September 8, 2014 in Hong Kong, China. In the 19th century the people in the village of Tai Hang miraculously stopped a plague with a fire dragon dance. It has become a annual tradition, where up to 300 performers dance the fire dragon, which is made up of 72,000 sticks of buring incense and a 67 mtr long dragon through the narrow streets of Tai Hang. (Getty Images)
The Mid-Autumn festival in China
Residents of Tai Hang perform the Fire Dragon Dance to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in Tai Hang area on September 8, 2014 in Hong Kong, China. In the 19th century the people in the village of Tai Hang miraculously stopped a plague with a fire dragon dance. It has become a annual tradition, where up to 300 performers dance the fire dragon, which is made up of 72,000 sticks of buring incense and a 67 mtr long dragon through the narrow streets of Tai Hang. (Getty Images)
The Mid-Autumn festival in China
Residents celebrate the lantern festival as part of the Mid-Autumn Festival at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on September 8, 2014 in Hong Kong, China. Mid-Autumn festival takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, on which the moon is at its brightest and roundest (Getty Images)
The Mid-Autumn festival in China
People launch Kongming laterns in celebration of the Mid-autumn Festival on September 7, 2014 in Yichun, Jiangxi Province of China. These laterns were launched to celebrate China's upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival on September 8. (Getty Images)