After our meal, we took a quick stroll outside to buy lanterns and more food. We first picked up some mango mochis that her grandma had ordered earlier that day for us. I didn't even know these existed and they don't exist outside of Cheung Chau. It's made at a famous local dessert store and it's always sold out so we were lucky Holy's grandma had connections. It's basically fresh mango wrapped in mochi. The mango was so delicious and sweet. This has now become my most favorite food hehe
Then we were off to buy traditional lanterns. I've never played with lanterns before but it's so fun. We got some candles and burned the bottoms a bit so they would stick to the lantern. Then we lit the candles and opened the lanterns to their full size. We then attached them to wooden sticks and wala~ our lantern was finished. I felt so proud carrying that lantern down the street.
When we came back with our lanterns, her family was already on the roof of her house enjoying the moon together. Another thing about mid-autumn festival is that it's a holiday when everyone in the family returns home and celebrates. It was heart-warming to see her entire family on the roof just looking at the moon. Oh and her roof was covered with lanterns too. Then it was moon cake time. I had never seen so many different types of mooncake before. There was first of all the traditional moon cake which is always good. Then there were the newer flavors. My favorite was the chocolate mochi skin with mango filling and chocolate crunch. It was so smooth and sweet but when you bit into the moon cake, there was a crunchy texture because of the tiny pieces of chocolate crunch.
When we were finally done eating (more like when her family finally stopped offering us food), we headed to the beach with our lanterns and some beers. It was so busy on the beach because there were a lot of teenagers hanging out and playing with candles. We also played with candles as well. We dug out a heart shape and placed candles inside and lit them. Then we just sat on the beach, opened our beers and toasted to a great night. I think nothing could have made that night more perfect as we sat there looking out over the water and just enjoyed the natural ambiance of being completely immersed in a local environment and each others' company.
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