Moon cake is the most traditional and important food of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The deliciously filled cake is round in shape like the full moon, which is a symbol of prosperity and family reunion. Now let's check out some different kinds of moon cakes in China's different regions.
According to the Chinese mythology, Chang'e's husband Hou Yi, a valiant archer, was able to shoot down nine suns and saved the planet. As a reward he was given an elixir of immortality, but Hou Yi asked Chang'e to put it away.
After the archer's epic deeds, he gained instant fame and a large number of people flocked to his home to learn his archery skills. However, an immoral man named Peng Meng was in the throng of people, but only wanted the elixir.
One day when Hou Yi was out, the cunning Peng sneaked into the couple's room to steal the elixir but Chang'e caught him.
Peng tried to force Chang'e to hand over the elixir but she swallowed it and started to floated up to the sky, all the way to the moon. Legend has it that she chose to stay on the moon, the closest planet to the earth, so that she could stay nearer to her husband.