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Mid-Autumn fest starts early

VISITORS can now learn about the customs of the Chinese mid-Autumn festival and some traditional skills every evening at Baosteel Stage.

The activities include tea ceremonies, ceramics making and paper cutting.

People can also receive some gifts, including handmade pins, mobile phone cases and balls made of rolled silk, by taking part in the festival activities.

The mid-Autumn Festival is on September 22 this year.

Lanterns were hung around the stage and traditional riddles were stuck everywhere. If your Chinese is good enough, you can solve a riddle and receive a small gift.

People can drink Chinese flower tea with a tea ceremony master or even take the master's seat to try making a cup of Chinese tea.

Paper-cutting master Chen Zhen from Beijing said visitors can cut out their own works after learning some simple skills in less than five minutes. Visitors can take their creations home.

People can also try some special skills, including jade carving. People can carve their names with a machine on a small piece of jade, which would be presented to visitors as souvenirs.

They can also try to hammer gold bullion into gold foil, one of the intangible heritages of China.

The gold foil is used for decoration or be painted.

Ge Yigen, who teaches the skill, said few people had the chance to witness, let alone learn, the skills that look easy, but are actually quite difficult.

Visitors can also try to make some pottery.

A pottery master will guide them while making a simple teacup on a rotating pottery making machine.


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